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Skullgirls developer hopes to release new content with a $150k crowdfunding drive

The developers of one 2012’s unique fighting games is looking to the community to help fund downloadable content.

Developer Lab Zero Games is starting a crowdfunding campaign Monday to raise $150,000, according to fighting-game blog Shoryuken. That money will go toward the development of a new downloadable character named Squigly. The studio also has a number of stretch goals that include a story and stage for Squigly and two additional DLC characters.

“I know that $150,000 sounds like a ton of money, and it’s only that cheap because we’re taking huge pay-cuts to try and make it happen at all,” Lab Zero Games developer Peter Bartholow wrote on the game’s forums. “A full cost breakdown will be provided so that people can see how their money will be spent.”

Developer Reverge Labs released the all-female fighting game in 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. That studio laid off the Skullgirls team soon after its debut for unknown reasons. The developers quickly reorganized as Lab Zero Games to pick up where they left off with Skullgirls for publisher Autumn Games.

If Lab Zero surpasses its initial goal, it plans to add a new male character to the otherwise all-female roster. The developer may reveal how much it needs to fund that when the crowdfunding campaign begins. The fans would then get a chance to vote on who they want for the potential third DLC character.


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