Puny Human is aiming to release Blade Symphony as a commercial multiplayer Source title. Evidently, this is no easy task, particularly since a commercial Source license costs quite a bit of money. It also means Puny Human’s work will be judged according to commercial standards, and as such, they’re going to have to put more work and money into the game’s development.
So, they’ve asked for your help, in the form of a donation pledge on Kickstarter. Pledging will ensure the team can secure a commercial Source license, can continue development, marketing, and maintain their servers. All of your donated money will go straight to Blade Symphony’s development and Puny Human. The pledge ends on the 28th of August, 8:55 PM EDT. Its target is $15,000, with only $11,063 having been pledged by the 223 backers so far. If the target is not hit by the time it ends, all the money will be given back, and Blade Symphony’s future will become uncertain.
But obviously, Puny Human won’t let a good deed go unrewarded. Every donation amount is backed by an incentive.
- $1 or more gets you a digital “Thank You” letter from the Puny Human developers.
- $5 or more gets you the previous incentive, plus a special badge on the Puny Human forums and Blade Symphony in-game statistics system, and a special Kickstarter in-game icon.
- $10 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus a spot for your name and optionally, nickname, as a “Kickstarter Pledger in the in-game credits”.
- $15 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus a high-quality (OGG variable, FLAC or MP3 320kbps) digital download version of the Blade Symphony soundtrack, by Tom Stoffel.
- $20 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus a copy of the game upon release, and access to the closed Blade Symphony release candidate build testing.
- $30 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus an exclusive Kickstarter in-game character skin, and an exclusive Kickstarter in-game rank.
- $50 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus an exclusive Kickstarter in-game sword.
Moving on to the limited pledges:
- $100 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus your “logo or advertisement”, on a small 128×128 sized texture, in-game within the map District. 7 slots remaining.
- $150 or more gets you all previous incentives from the $50 level, plus your “logo or advertisement”, on a large 256×256 sized texture, in-game within the map District. 7 slots remaining.
- $250 or more gets you all previous incentives, plus an achievement named in your honor. Sold out. No idea why they didn’t provide more slots. Maybe they’re not good at thinking achievements up.
- $1,000 or more gets you every single previous incentive, plus a spot in the credits, with your name as an Executive Producer. Sold out. Again, no idea why they’d only give this one a single slot.
Puny Human have created a very informative news post on their official site, clearing up any concerns or misconceptions about the pledge and Blade Symphony’s venture in the commercial world, so be sure to check it out. If you want to donate, just hit up the Blade Symphony pledge at Kickstarter right here. For more information on Blade Symphony itself, check out their official site here.