Besides having a name that is giving our editor conniptions, Swords ‘n Magic and Stuff is charming fans into opening their wallets for this adorable co-op open-world title. Slated to come out later this year, Swords ‘n Magic just launched a Kickstarter campaign that’s already raised pretty much all of the $21,950 that the developer was asking.
“Explore a large, densely populated open world alone or with friends,” the developer wrote. “Swords ‘n Magic is a casual journey of discovery. You play a blank slate adventurer just waiting for you to carve out a destiny for them. With no classes, levels or restrictions, you can be whoever you want to be, use whatever weapons and items you can buy, loot or craft, and play however you wish.”
This small indie project was initially born out of a desire for the developer to make a game that his wife and daughter would enjoy. He and the one other dev structured the game around the core concepts of “exploration, discovery, curiosity, and growth,” with a relaxed gameplay loop. Multiplayer was added into the game last fall and proved to be a major hit with players, allowing people to host their own servers and adventure with anyone they wish without having to reroll.
So why Kickstarter? The lead developer’s wife was recently laid off from her job, and so engaging in crowdfunding is a way to support their family while continuing to make the game without having to rush it to completion. That’s a pretty worthy cause for a pretty cute game, if you ask us!