You may recall a few weeks back we posted the delightful news that the wonderful free 2008 role-playing game parody Tales of Game’s Studios Present Chef Boyardee’s Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa was getting a sequel in the fourth quarter of next year. You may also recall that the Internet was very excited about this, as the first game was not only hilarious, it actually managed to be a genuinely good game at heart, too.
Yesterday, said sequel, dubbed 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 (or simply Barkley 2 to its friends) took a step closer to being realized with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund development. A Kickstarter campaign that met its modest $35,000 goal in less than 24 hours.
What’s arguably more interesting about the Kickstarter page than the apparent hunger the gaming public has for a new Barkley game is the details it revealed about the new game. Rather than being a (relatively) traditional JRPG like its predecessor, Barkley 2 will be an action RPG set in an open-world environment aboard the spaceship Necron 7. Developers Tales of Game’s cite titles as diverse as Realms of Arkania, Fallout, Dark Souls, Romancing SaGa, Dark Sun, Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne as their inspirations for the new game and, if its predecessor is anything to go by, elements of these seemingly-disparate styles of game will be deftly combined together to produce something surprisingly coherent.
The game features mouse-driven shooting gameplay with a fully-customizable character and a randomized “Gun’s” [sic] system similar to that seen in Borderlands. Not only that, but you’ll be able to fuse gun’s [sic] together in a similar manner to the demon/Persona fusion systems in the Shin Megami Tensei series.
Although the project is fully funded, the team at Tales of Game’s [sic] is still looking for additional money to meet stretch goals, chief among which is a Mac version. Sadly, the $1,000 reward, in which the pledger could pose as Tales of Game’s in a single press interview and make up anything they wanted to say, has already sold out, but there are some awesome other rewards on offer for those of you with the cash to spare.
Check out the Kickstarter page here for full details. And get ready to slam jam.