Lab Zero Games, the developers of Skull Girls, is in a bit of a bind, and they need your help, in order to get out their next character, Squigly.
It all started last June, when the majority of the Skull Girls team was laid off, due to unrelated matters with their financial backer, Autumn Games. See, apparently Autumn Games has been struggling with a costly legal battle, and as a result, has had to cut off funding’s for Skull Girls.
While $150,000 does seem like a lot of money for a single character to be added to the game, Lab Zero Games has broken down exactly where the finances go.
- $48,000: Staff Salaries – 8 people for 10 weeks
- $30,000: Animation and Clean-up Contracting
- $4,000: Voice recording
- $2,000: Hit-box Contracting
- $5,000: Audio Implementation Contracting
- $20,000: QA Testing
- $10,000: 1st Party Certification
- $10,500: IndieGoGo and Payment Processing Fees
- $20,500: Manufacturing and Shipping Physical Rewards
Indeed, game development is an expensive endeavor.
And now, for the good news; Squigly will be free on all platforms, for the first 3 months of its release.
If you’re curious to know what type of character all of this funding is going towards, then prepare to be amazed. Squigly features a unique mechanic that’s never been seen before in any fighting game; the ability to direct the camera’s attention towards her, effectively dragging her opponent closer to her.
If you have any love for Mike Z, or Skull Girls, the game that he and his fellow co-workers have worked so hard on, then please, go and contribute whatever you can to this Kickstarter project. This could very well be the last we’ll see of Skull Girls, if Lab Zero Games doesn’t get enough funding.