Spicy Horse Games, American McGee’s Shanghai based studio and the creative force behind the upcoming Akaneiro: Demon Hunters just announced the start of the open beta for the action-RPG.

The open beta includes a variety of new developments such as advanced character training, weapon improvements, and the still-under-development locale Shivering Pines, which adds to the game’s already visually striking art style. Those that wish to give the game a spin should do so post haste. The open beta is set to run only until January 16th with the focus on stress testing the servers in preparation for the official launch a few weeks later. Those that wish to participate only need to visit the official site and sign up for an account.

On a separate note, Spicy Horse Games is also running a Kickstarter for the RPG, with promises of an Android and IOS tablet port, equipment crafting system, improved community support and curiously, the addition of co-op multiplayer. Yes you heard right, the game will not have multiplayer unless the campaign is successful. Right now all players have access to is a henchmen companion of sorts which assists them in battle. The video pitch is below.

The Kickstarter requests 200k to reach these goals, and with 51k already pledged with 24 days to go it could very well hit it’s target. I do hope it reaches it’s goal simply for the fact that an action-RPG sans multiplayer support is a disappointing sight indeed. You can view the full Kickstarter here. What are you thoughts about a F2P game pursuing Kickstarter funding?

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Nice. I did not knew this game was gonna be f2p. This is good news. Played this a few months ago. It’s a good game, really fun and surprising for me i actually liked the art style. This is more casual then most of the ARPG’s out there, with auto combat and all that. I guess this can be a nice relaxing change for the days i die in HC POE.

    • Just watched the first look for it. If it was easy before (had pets but no companions) now looks like a walk in the park 😀 That offline companion is so strong.

  2. wow this looks very good i would like to try it but i got too many games on my hand right now but when it goes live i will defenetly try it

  3. It’s a Unity based game which has a lot of different platform choices. They released the web player version first, and will release PC/MAC download versions within a few days. The download versions should have a lot more graphics options. The Kickstarter will hopefully get us Android, iOS, Linux, and maybe Ouya versions.
    Also, Akaneiro is one of the top Greenlight games, so if you upvote it there before the Jan 15th announcement, I imagine it will be a lot easier to get your specific versions.

  4. Good game =3 I want to play again, but my machines can’t handle the lack of graphics options. They fixed the bug that allowed people to remove shadows, shaders & lighting, making me unable to play xP
    I hope they hit their kickstarter goal ^^ It’s a good game, & it’s worth playing, especially if you like Diablo-types.

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