Remember Paprium? We covered the announcement of this Mega Drive / Genesis side-scrolling fighter a few years back. Created by the team behind Pier Solar, it was intended to push the 16-bit console to its absolute limits using special technology built into the cartridge. Lots of people promised their money based on that pitch alone, but that was back in 2017, and at the time of writing, many people who have handed over their money are still waiting for their copy (including ourselves).
We have documented the problematic development of Paprium a few times on this very page, but things took a strange turn last year when the game apparently out of the blue was finished and began (very slowly) to seep out to those who had backed up about it – then even that process came to a standstill.
WaterMelon Games has since stated that it has had difficulty in obtaining the funds paid for it via PayPal (although it has not elaborated exactly why this is the case) and that the completion of the development of Paprium has left the company in serious debt. A new Kickstarter campaign is seen as a way to bring the game to a wider audience through modern systems and a means of securing the necessary funds to honor the orders taken for the Mega Drive version a few years back.
Amazingly, Paprium Kickstarter has raised over £ 325,000 ($ 443,000) so far, surpassing its original target of £ 220,061 ($ 299,999). That means the game is coming to Switch, and some of the other stretch goals include a pint-sized Game Gear version and a Dreamcast port. According to WaterMelon, those who are still waiting for the Mega Drive edition will finally get their copies as a result of the success of this campaign – but there is still some time to wait, it seems.
Are you one of those people who has donated their money to this crowdfunding drive? Or maybe you’re like us and still waiting for the Mega Drive game you bought back in 2017? Tell us that in a comment.