Super Meat Boy Galaxy creator Aubrey Hesselgren is holding the 3D prototype at ransom in an attempt to raise 10,000 British pounds for depression-focused charity The Samiritans, he announced on the website Just Giving.
If the charity goal is met, Super Meat Boy Galaxy will release to the public; However, if it fails to meet its goal, those who donated will still receive a copy of the prototype. Hesselgren hinted on his Twitter account he may just release the game regardless, stating "I'm the worst ransomer ever."
"Bear in mind that this is a prototype, and as such will not be as friendly and polished as a final game," he says. "Its main purpose was to investigate whether Super Meat Boy's kinaesthetically pleasing platforming physics could survive the leap to 3D, given the right camera and level layouts."
The title, which was developed as a present for the 30th birthday of Team Meat developer Tommy Refenes, combines Super Meat Boy with Super Mario Galaxy, placing Meat Boy into a 3D world.