Kitaru Surpasses Kickstarter Goal and Targets Stretch Goals

Phoenix, May 31th, 2012 – Aoineko Studios, an award-winning gaming and animation studio based in Phoenix, Arizona, previously announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign on Thursday, April 19, to raise development funds for their new 3D role playing game called Kitaru. Aoineko Studios is thrilled to announce that, not only did they reach their funding goal of $25,000, they have now surpassed it and are currently 111% funded with three days to go.

Aoineko Studios would like to formally thank everyone for their continued support on the project. As a special thank you, two key members of the Kitaru voice cast star in a special video to all of the Kitaru supporters. They are Yuri Lowenthal, voice of TV's Ben10, the prince in The Prince of Persia, and Soulcalibur V, and Tara Platt, highly-regarded for her work on Final Fantasy XIII, Naruto, Bleach, and Marvel vs. Capcom 3. This thank you video can be viewed on the Kitaru Kickstarter profile page found here:

Although the Kitaru Kickstarter campaign has reached its funding goal, over the next three days the Aoineko team will be working to attain the following stretch goals:


-          Real-time Facial Animation

-          Voice Recording for ALL In-game Dialogue $50,000

-          Five Additional Game Levels

-          Extended Story

-          Spanish Language Version

-          German Language Version

-          Italian Language Version


"Thank you so much to each and every Kitaru contributor, and everyone who has helped us to spread the word about our project. We hope to continue to gain support and momentum as the campaign comes to a close in the hopes that we can reach our stretch goals and give gamers the absolute best gaming experience possible."

--Ben Steele (Creator of Kitaru, owner of Aoineko Studios)

Aoineko Studios would again like to formally thank you all for your continued support. We greatly appreciate your help in sharing Kitaru with the gaming community, and we are honored to have you join us in bringing Kitaru to life. With the help of our backers on Kickstarter, this episodic game is now officially a reality, and we truly thank you for all of your support.

A media kit and an extensive image portfolio is available at Journalists interested in team interviews, further assets, or additional information are encouraged to contact Aoineko Studios by email at Interested parties are also encouraged to visit the following web links to learn more Kitaru and Aoineko Studios:





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