Mega Man Legends successor Red Ash strikes publishing deal for PS4, Xbox One

red ash kickstarter fails redash publisher header
Mighty No. 9 studio Comcept announced that it has found a publisher for its Mega Man Legends spiritual successor Red Ash, revealing that ports for the anime-inspired action game are now in the works for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

A lack of clarity regarding the current purpose of Red Ash‘s Kickstarter project caused backers to retreat en masse in the wake of the announcement, however, and the game is now unlikely to meet its funding goal.

Comcept announced that Chinese digital entertainment company FUZE has stepped up as Red Ash‘s publisher and primary funding source. An established producer of localized games for the Chinese market, FUZE is currently developing its own console hardware to compete with modern platforms.

Red Ash supporters soon discovered and subsequently criticized FUZE’s website for its amateurish presentation and dismissive attitude toward competing platforms. FUZE’s seemingly outdated website notes that its console platform is due to launch in June of 2015, and offers no announcement of the company’s support for Red Ash.

Red Ash‘s creators also failed to effectively repurpose the game’s Kickstarter campaign in the wake of the publishing announcement, noting that “the Kickstarter campaign is going 100% towards more content,” and warning that backer pledges should be considered “a contribution to stretch goals from here on out.”

The project’s creators subsequently updated the campaign description, explaining that backer cash will now be spent on additional in-game dungeons and playable characters.

As a result of the project’s sudden shift in focus, many fans withdrew support and cancelled their pledged funding. Crowdfunding tracker Kicktraq reports that Red Ash lost thousands of dollars in withdrawn funding over the last week – an unusual reaction, considering the degree of success the studio previously found on Kickstarter with its Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9.

Red Ash wasn’t performing to expectations prior to the publishing announcement, and Kicktraq previously predicted that the game was unlikely to meet its $800,000 funding goal within its required timeframe. Kickstarter does not collect backer cash for projects that fail to meet funding targets.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Digital Trends Live

Indiegogo’s CEO on how crowdfunding is going beyond fundraising

David Mandelbrot, CEO of Indiegogo, joins us on DT Daily to talk about how Indiegogo is changing its crowdfunding business to offer support and resources, which in turn would lead to more successful campaigns.
Gaming

Feeling nostalgic? Here are the 25 best Sega Genesis games

Although the company has since fallen into obscurity, Sega was an indisputable titan throughout the '90s. That said, here are 25 best Sega Genesis games that helped define its fabled decade.
Gaming

‘Blockchain gaming’ startup gets $16 million in Series A funding

A gaming startup, Mythical Games, has raised $16 million in Series A funding to work on their concept of blockchain gaming. The aim is for the startup to develop games for the PC, console, and mobile markets.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ named Ultimate Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick awards

This year's Golden Joysticks, the gaming awards handed out by GamesRadar, have been announced and Fortnite has been named the Ultimate Game of the Year. It beat out Red Dead Redemption for best game, but Red Dead was named critics' choice.
Gaming

‘Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers’ to launch next summer with gunblades, Viera

Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will be released in summer 2019. The third expansion of the MMORPG will include new story content, dungeons, and raids, in addition to gunblades and the Viera.
Gaming

Want to gift a Steam game so you can play with a friend? Here's how to do it

The holidays may have passed, but it's always a good time to give the gift of gaming (especially when there's a Steam sale)! Here's our quick guide on how to give a Steam game as a gift.
Gaming

The Fix PUBG campaign is over: What’s next for ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’?

The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds development team declared that the Fix PUBG campaign was over. Here are the results of the three-month campaign, as well as the future plans for the multiplayer Battle Royale shooter.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Gaming

Get an Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 for just $200 at GameStop starting Sunday

GameStop is currently running an early Black Friday sale that offers an Xbox One S or a PlayStation 4 slim model for just $200 apiece. Both consoles come with a free game, and other games are also on sale.
Gaming

Original ‘Diablo’ developer calls out Blizzard for disrespecting its employees

In a Twitch rant, an original creator of Diablo has said that Blizzard is more interested in caring for its shareholders and the elite one percent of the company than looking after its workers.
Gaming

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.
Gaming

PlayStation 5 release date in 2020 confirmed? PSVR 2 also on the way

A Redditor who correctly claimed that Sony will be skipping E3 2019 revealed several details about the PlayStation 5 and the PSVR 2. The PlayStation 5 release date will be in 2020, while the PSVR 2 will ditch the breaker box.