UPDATE: In under a day, Barkley 2 has made it to $37,744, successfully exceeding its $35k goal. A Mac version is planned as a stretch goal.
Indie developer Tales of Game’s Kickstarter page for the sequel to one of 2008’s greatest RPGs, Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden has finally opened up. And it’s already more than halfway towards its goal.
At the time of this writing, the sequel, entitled (get ready) The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa, is already at $28,113 of the $35,000 it needs to get successfully funded.
A trailer on the Kickstarter page reveals the game’s wonderful sprite work and action RPG-esque gameplay. This is leaps and bounds over its low-budget predecessor. Players will take hold of X114JAM9, an amnesiac who wakes up from a basketball-induced coma and sets off to find Cyberdwarf, who can reveal his past. It seems pretty obvious that X114JAM9 is none other than Hoopz, Charles Barkley’s son grown up from the first game.
Barkley 2 is planned to be an open-world romp that emphasizes a mix of Western and Japanese RPG sensibilities, with exploration, choice, character development and discovery being key. Tales of Game’s cites Realms of Arkania, Fallout, Dark Souls, Romancing SaGa, Dark Sun, Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne as influences.
Since Tales of Game’s will be selling this game after its estimated Dec. 2013 release, the developer has been careful not to infringe on any copyrights, therefore players shouldn’t expect the likenesses or names of any famous b-ball players in this one. If this means no awesome Space Jam remix and Blue Dragon’s “Eternity,” I’m going to be a tad bummed.
Have a look at the project’s remarkable trailer, which includes some background info courtesy of designer Eric “C. Boyardee” Shumaker. And again, if you haven’t played Barkley Gaiden yet, go do so – it’s free (and now available on Mac).