There are absolutely hundreds of video games which have seen successful funding on Kickstarter over the years. Even so, it’s always interesting to watch and see which campaigns do so stunningly well that they get into the top ten video game crowdfunders of all time. It was pretty obvious that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would end up somewhere on that list, but not even I could have predicted with certainty that it would manage to become the most successful video game Kickstarter thus far. With that said, it depends on what you mean by “video game” project.
As it turns out, the Ouya Android microconsole still wins in the entire video game/console realm with over $8 million in funding. But when it comes to video games themselves, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has taken the crown at around $4.4 million with a few hours left. Which Kickstarter had been the most funded previously? That honor belonged to Torment: Tides of Numenera, followed by Project Eternity (which became Pillars of Eternity) and Mighty No. 9. The fact that people absolutely adore campaigns based around classic styles of gameplay still remains true even years after Kickstarter’s creation!
But even this isn’t the entire story. Crowdfunding fans are aware that funding doesn’t actually end with Kickstarter. Many developers also support post-campaign funding projects and sometimes even offer simultaneous PayPal pledging for those who for whatever reason are unable to back on Kickstarter proper. While many teams self-report funds raised here, it’s impossible to know with certainty how much every single video game has managed to crowdfund, both on and off Kickstarter. If we were going that route, Star Citizen would almost certainly take the cake with a current $84 million in total funding!
With all that said, in the realm of Kickstarter.com-based video game projects Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is now king. Were you one of the thousands who backed it? Let us know!