As if Dark Souls wasn’t already punishing enough in video game form, last month the series saw its reveal as a (hopefully equally as punishing) board game with the crowdfunding campaign for Dark Souls: The Board Game, which after its final hours has concluded as one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects yet.
Steamforged Games’ Dark Souls: The Board Game, which debuted on Kickstarter last month, has concluded its crowdfunding campaign on the platform with a total of $5,454,494.27 (£3,771,474) in pledges from 31,179 backers, going well beyond the project’s original goal of $72,000.
Beyond the scope of just the project by itself, Dark Souls: The Board Game has finished as one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects ever, with the game’s $5.4M total putting it as the 12th most-funded campaign in the history of Kickstarter, putting it just behind the campaign last year for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the Castlevania spiritual successor from series designer and producer Koji Igarashi, which raised $5.5M in 2015.
Steamforged Games wrote in an update on the game’s Kickstarter page that the company offers “a heartfelt thank you” from the team, with the studio also offering as a “final thank you” that the final stretch goals up to $4M have been unlocked and added for free to all pledges, which adds two additional characters to the game: Witch Beatrice and Sword Master Saber.
Dark Souls: The Board Game is currently in development and expected to ship in 2017.