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Dark Souls board game Kickstarter campaign ends with $5.4M in pledges

One of Kickstarter's most-funded projects ever

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Steamforged Games' crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for Dark Souls: The Board Game came to a close today, ending with more than $5.4 million (£3.77 million) in pledges. That's well beyond the roughly $72,000 the board game maker was seeking and enough to make Dark Souls: The Board Game one of the most funded Kickstarter projects yet.

Dark Souls: The Board Game is now the 12th most funded campaign in Kickstarter history, coming just behind the crowdfunding campaign for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Iga's spiritual successor to his Castlevania games raised more than $5.5 million in pledges in 2015.

Steamforged said in an update posted just after the campaign ended that it was unlocking all the board game's stretch goals up to £4 million. That milestone adds two additional characters to the board game adaptation of Dark Souls: Witch Beatrice and Sword Master Saber.

The Dark Souls board game has grown substantially in its offerings over the past month. Steamforged originally planned to ship the game with four player characters, three boss characters, five mini-bosses, 16 grunts and seven game tiles. Through stretch goals, campaign contributors have since unlocked an additional 16 player characters, three bosses, 10 mini-bosses and a variety of grunts, scenery items and enemy behavior cards.

Steamforged is currently accepting late pledges for its Dark Souls board game on its website.

Dark Souls: The Board Game is expected to ship in 2017.

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