Dark Souls Board Game Hits $5 Million Kickstarter Funding

By Carlo de Lacy , May 17, 2016 05:30 AM EDT

UK-based board game company Steamforged Games has just smashed their Kickstarter goals for its officially licensed Dark Souls board game project. The campaign ended with over an amazing $5 million in pledges.

Fans of both the Dark Soul franchise and tabletop games have backed the Kickstarter campaign the moment it went live on April 19, reaching its starting target of $72,000 in just three minutes. Since then, the pledges have steadily gone in, making Steamforged Games' campaign one of the most successful ones on Kickstarter so far.

The project has raised hype among die-hard Dark Souls fans, as they wanted to see how the gaming experience will translate to a tabletop game. According to the description on the Kickstarter campaign page, Steamforged Games has promised "an experience that captures the very essence of the original video games."

In one of their updates, the Steamforged Games Team confirmed that the Core Game will come with a free scenario-driven campaign mode. The designers have also started crowdsourcing for additional design ideas and encouraged the fans to send them via email. "We're pretty excited about this," they said, "but what makes this even more exciting is that we want to work with you guys. We want to utilize our amazing backer community, to make these scenarios as intriguing and challenging as possible."

In an email to Forbes' Erik Kain, the designers of the game stated that they were expecting the game to generate this kind of hype, due to the popularity of the original Dark Souls games. "We planned for this to go pretty big, but to be on track towards being the biggest board game funded on Kickstarter is an amazing success story and testament to the Dark Souls community and their enthusiasm and commitment to the game," the designers said.

Additionally, as a thank you gift to everyone who has pledged, Steamforged Games has confirmed that all stretch goals will be unlocked and will be included in the game, including a total of 20 player characters, six boss characters, 15 mini-bosses and a lot more.

Dark Souls: The Board Game is scheduled to be ready in 2017. Steamforged Games is still accepting late pages on their Kickstarter page.

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