An officially licensed Resident Evil board game has crowdfunded over $900,000 after a highly successful start on Kickstarter.
Having launched on October 26, the game’s campaign quickly smashed through its initial funding goal of £100,000 – that’s around $137,000. With 15 days left of its crowdfunding drive still to go, that target now seems a distant memory. At the time of writing, the co-op horror game has just eclipsed $900,000 and it doesn’t look to be slowing down.
Brace yourselves for terror — Resident Evil: The Board Game is live NOW on Kickstarter!https://t.co/rhjCrBwDWq
— Steamforged Games (@SteamforgedLtd) October 26, 2021
Resident Evil: The Board Game is being created by veteran tabletop company Steamforged Games in partnership with Capcom. Steamforged is certainly no stranger to the franchise, having previously worked on board games for Resident Evil 2 & 3. It has also made other tabletop games linked to different video game franchises including Horizon: Zero Dawn and Dark Souls, so it looks like the project is in pretty safe hands.
In its latest pursuit into Capcom’s esteemed franchise, the tabletop creator will take players back to where the series began, with the upcoming board game based upon the 2002 remake of the original Resident Evil.
Steamforged says that players will “step into the boots of a S.T.A.R.S member and enter the sinister Spencer Mansion to uncover the horrifying truths within.” While exploring the area, players will need to “search for secrets and survivors,” navigate an open world “crawling with enemies” and ensure their survival all while the game’s danger level rises around them.
When checking out the Kickstarter, fans currently have two different pledge options that they can pay for in order to receive a copy of the game at launch. Starting at £72 (around $100) the game’s Bravo Pledge guarantees players a copy of the core Resident Evil board game as well as all of its unlocked goals. A more pricey option also exists in the campaigns Alpha Pledge, which not only guarantees fans access to the core game and unlock goals but also a number of additional expansions and exclusive add-ons.
In other related news, this isn’t the first time of late that members of the S.T.A.R.S team have made it back into the public spotlight. Epic Games’ Fortnite recently added Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine into the game as part of a collaboration with Capcom to celebrate all things spooky. For more on Resident Evil make sure to check out this article detailing how Resident Evil 7 has become the first game in the series to ship 10 million copies.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter