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Akaneiro: Demon Hunters: Open Beta Is Here! Plus Kickstarter update.

By Shannon P. Drake via

Join The Hunt: The “Akaneiro: Demon Hunters” Open Beta Begins

Prospective hunters invited to check out Spicy Horse’s latest game

Shanghai. Spicy Horse Games, the creative force behind “Alice: Madness Returns,” “BigHead BASH,” and “American McGee’s Grim” announced today the launch of the Open Beta for “Akaneiro: Demon Hunters.”

Based on the Little Red Riding Hood story combined with Japanese folklore and myth, and illustrated in Spicy Horse’s unique dark fantasy style, “Akaneiro: Demon Hunters” is an action-RPG that lets players hunt legendary monsters in Edo-era Japan.

The open beta will include new developments such as advanced character training, weapon improvements, and the still-under-development Shivering Pines, which brings a new environment style to the game along with a new tribe of imps wielding frost magic.

To play, prospective hunters need only visit the official Akaneiro website and click the Open Beta button (on the right, above Kickstarter widget) to sign up. Open Beta will run until January 16th and will consist of various stress tests designed to ensure the servers and infrastructure are ready for the launch of the game.

Linux users, keep in mind the Open Beta can run locally in your web-browser using the Unity Web Player with 3D support  or download Akaneiro directly.  Currently only supported for Windows and Mac.

For more information on Akaneiro, follow the link.

For more information on Spicy Horse, follow the link.

Location Reveal: Ghostclaw Caverns

The Hidden Lair of The Ghostclaw

Deep within Jawbone Ravine lies the entrance to Yurei Cavern. This once sacred place was den of the living wolf god – Moroko. When the wolves of the forest fell to corruption, so did Moroko fall into darkness. Now the Ghostclaw Werewolf Cultists manipulate the divine energies flowing through the caverns toward nefarious purpose. Deep within the cavern, the Shade of Moroko yearns to be freed…

Location Reveal: The Temple Road

The Temple Road – Hunting Gashadokuro!

The living forest has closed access to the temple road and swallowed Bloodroot Cemetery entirely. A fearsome demonic construct of bone and root guards the temple entrance – Gashadokuro. If the Temple is ever to be reclaimed, this undead giant and his army of ravenous trees must be destroyed.

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters Kickstarter Update

As of Wednesday morning, the Akaneiro Kickstarter is already over $50,000 and the team is beginning to make decisions about stretch goals. If you’d like to link to the Kickstarter video, they’ve thrown it up on Youtube.

After some vocal requests from the Linux community (and being a big fan of Linux himself), American decided to add a Linux version of the game to their streatch goals. As a bonus, he also added a Tux-inspired penguin pet to the reward tiers. You can see the (awesome) art to the right.

More tiers and rewards are on the way (they added a hardcover art book as I was writing this!), so make sure to check the Kickstarter page if you want regular updates.

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