Last year was a very good year for video games on Kickstarter, with the popular crowdfunding campaign platform having released the official sales figures they enjoyed in 2015. They announced that $46,177,705 was raised that year with the help of 480,382 backers that resulted in the funding of 421 projects.
Unsurprisingly, the video game that raised the most was the highly-anticipated Shenmue III, which is currently the most-successful video game campaign on the platform. Other big games on the platform last year include the likes of the Castlevania spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Yooka-Laylee.
It’s uncertain how some of these campaigns will end up turning out, but we’ll at least finally get to try out Yooka-Laylee when it launches later this year. The 3D mascot platformer that is a love letter to the Banjo Kazooie series is currently eyeing an October 2016 launch, which features platforming mechanics split between two characters very similarly to the way it was in Banjo Kazooie.
The amount pledged for video games is also only a part of the overall games category on Kickstarter, which the site revealed over 978,000 backers pledged over $144.4 million. That is almost twice the amount that was raised in 2014, though it comes up shy of 2013’s great year of raising over $57 million.