In an update on their Kickstarter page, Wayforward Technologies detailed a few tidbits on Shantae: Half-Genie Heroes upcoming expansion, “Friends To The End”.
The expansion will include additional storyline and new heroes to play as.
Friends to the End takes place chronologically in the middle of Shantae’s storyline. Unlike the (possibly embellished) tale of Pirate Queen’s Quest, this new mode would be considered “official cannon”, and fills in a part of the narrative that we, as the audience, were previously not witness to.
Shantae has been turned to evil by the foul Risky Boots by way of a polarity-swapping machine, and is reborn as Nega-Shantae! Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops must enter Shantae’s mind in order to rescue her consciousness from the “Nightmare Realm”; a series of twisted memories designed to swallow Shantae whole.
This will not be an easy task for the three adventurers, who lack both genie magic, and the ability to get along.
This translates into a brand new mode with three new heroes, a whole new story, and altered memories (revamped versions of existing levels) to explore and conquer. The icing on the cake is a new final level, and a showdown against Nega-Shantae.
For more information, you can head over to their Kickstarter update here.