Hyper Light Drifter Blowing Up on Kickstarter, Gets PS4 Version

To be filed under Feel-Good Gaming Stories of 2013: Hyper Light Drifter.

The pixelated dream billed as a mash-up of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo hit Kickstarter last week. September 12 to be exact, with amateur game developer Alex Preston seeking $27,000 for his project. Preston got more than double his asking price in under 24 hours, and as of this morning, Hyper Light Drifter is over $22o,000 and counting. That dollar number means Hyper Light Drifter will officially become a multi-platform adventure, hitting PC as well as the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Not bad for a clever-looking indie no one had ever heard of seven days ago.

Let’s be honest: if you’re not a recognized game developer or studio, your Kickstarter dreams will likely be shattered. Hell, even Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall had to cancel their project for a lack of interest. That an unknown like Preston is generating such buzz (and raking in so much dough) warms my heart and suggests it’s the project itself, not just the name, that leads to Kickstarter success.

So why are people so amped about Hyper Light Drifter? It helps that Preston is already far enough along on the project to show it in action:

Pretty, ain’t she? There are still 24 days left to go, and if you’d like to chip in, head on over to the official Hyper Light Drifter Kickstarter page. It’s set for launch sometime in mid 2014.

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1 Comment on Hyper Light Drifter Blowing Up on Kickstarter, Gets PS4 Version


On September 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

The reason why Shaker (Brenda & Toms project) failed to get the money is very simple: they showed absolutely NOTHING about the game. They were all just talks “oh we know famous people, oh we ARE famous people, oh look how we’re smart and funny”. Their video is 6min of autocongratulation.
And still, while showing nothing they did manage to get 244K$, i find that amazing.

In comparison, Hyperlight video is the perfect opposite, being humble and efficient: no talks, just images, atmosphere, music and gameplay, very varied in a short time, period.