WayForward has a new update on the latest expansion of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Originally known as just the “friends mode”, Friends to the End will fill in some of the missing storyline from the main campaign of Half Genie Hero. You’ll be able to play as Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops in this mode, all with their own unique skills.
This information comes to us via WayForward’s Kickstarter. Here’s more on Friends to the End’s plot:
Friends to the End takes place chronologically in the middle of Shantae’s storyline. Unlike the (possibly embellished) tale of Pirate Queen’s Quest, this new mode would be considered “official cannon”, and fills in a part of the narrative that we, as the audience, were previously not witness to.
Shantae has been turned to evil by the foul Risky Boots by way of a polarity-swapping machine, and is reborn as Nega-Shantae! Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops must enter Shantae’s mind in order to rescue her consciousness from the “Nightmare Realm”; a series of twisted memories designed to swallow Shantae whole.
This will not be an easy task for the three adventurers, who lack both genie magic, and the ability to get along.
This translates into a brand new mode with three new heroes, a whole new story, and altered memories (revamped versions of existing levels) to explore and conquer. The icing on the cake is a new final level, and a showdown against Nega-Shantae.
Sounds interesting! There is more to read at the lengthy Kickstarter update, including how the three characters play, their voice actors, and more.
Friends to the End has finished development, and are being submitted to the various platform holders now. WayForward is hoping to have the expansion out during the holidays.