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The Hollow Knight Kickstarter campaign was a crowd-funding project that ran from 19 November 2014 until 19 December 2014.[1][2] In this month, a total of $58,893 AUD was raised to fund the development of Hollow Knight.[2] It is no longer possible to donate any money to this campaign.[3]

Pledge rewards

Backers could donate a certain amount of money which granted them rewards depending on how much they donated.

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Pledge tier Number of backers
AU$ 10 or more: Receive a digital copy of Hollow Knight for PC, Mac or Linux. 869
AU$ 15 or more: A digital copy of the illustrated instruction manual filled with tips, secrets and lore + all lower tier rewards. 495
AU$ 25 or more: A digital copy of the Hallownest world map + a digital copy of the Hollow Knight comic + all lower tier rewards. 515
AU$ 45 or more: Access to the Hollow Knight beta + all lower tier rewards. 101
AU$ 75 or more: Have your name and a short message of your choice etched on a stone plaque within the Shrine of Believers + 2 extra copies of the game (3 total) + all lower tier rewards. 88
AU$ 150 or more: Appear in-game as a bug spirit in the Glade of Hope + all rewards for the $75 tier. 35
AU$ 200 or more: Appear in-game as a warrior-spirit + receive an original watercolour of the Knight + 2 extra copies of the game (5 total) + all rewards for the $75 tier. 10
AU$ 400 or more: Create a character in the game + an original watercolour artwork of your character + an original watercolour artwork of the Knight + 5 extra copies of the game (8 total) + all rewards for the $75 tier. 5
AU$ 600 or more: Design a Boss + an original watercolour artwork of your boss + an original watercolour artwork of the Knight + 7 extra copies of the game (10 total) + all rewards for the $75 tier. 3
AU$ 880 or more: Design a Dungeon and Boss + an original watercolour artwork of the Knight + 7 extra copies of the game (10 total) + all rewards for the $75 tier. 3
AU$ 1,200 or more: Design a hidden village with its own unique theme, villagers and sub-quest + an original watercolour artwork of your villagers + an original watercolour artwork of the Knight + 7 extra copies of the game (10 total) + all rewards for the $75 tier. 1

Funded stretch goals

Stretch Goals

Image showing the stretch goals

  • $35,000: Funding goal
  • $39,000: The White Palace. Filled with traps & challenges + 2 new bosses: Dusk Knight, King's Golem (These bosses were merged into the Kingsmould).[4]
  • $44,000: 4 additional quests. More stories + an expanded cast of bizarre bugs + 2 new bosses.
  • $50,000: Wii U version of the game (This was later changed to the Nintendo Switch).[5]
  • $56,000: 2nd playable character. With their own unique quests & abilities (Hornet in Hollow Knight: Silksong).
  • $62,000: Colosseum of Fools (Funded by PayPal backers).[6] Challenge area + 4 new bosses + solve the mystery of the colosseum.

Unfunded stretch goals

  • $68,000: 3rd playable character. With their own unique quests & abilities (This was going to be Zote).[7]
  • $75,000: PS Vita version of the game.
  • $85,000: The Abyss. A massive new expansion for only the hardiest of adventurers + 4 new bosses.

Stretch Goal Quests

The stretch goal at $44,000 was the addition of four new quests to the game:[8]

A Nailsmiths Obsession
A Nailsmith's Obsession

When his job is done; when the perfect blade is forged; what meaning remains for the Nailsmith? Is there something more the Hollow Knight can provide?

The Lantern on the Black Shore
The Lantern on the Black Shore

Travel beyond the City of Tears to re-ignite an ancient flame. (includes an additional boss encounter)

Note: This "additional boss" was never added.

The Hive
The Hive

Against fierce resistance, ascend through the city of a proud and ancient race and uncover the sad truth at its heart. (includes an additional boss encounter)

Secret of the Stagways
Secret of the Stagways

Travel to the end of the line and learn more of the stags, their history and their fate.

Backers voicing characters

Kickstarter voice

In addition to the ability to design NPCs for the game, backers were also given the opportunity to provide voices for their characters:

"The characters in Hollow Knight will speak in little snippets of an insecty, gibberish language that accompanies text boxes. Some examples can be found here."

It is not confirmed whether any of the backers actually voiced a character in the finished game.

Content revealed in the Kickstarter

Content that was revealed on the main Kickstarter page and subsequent updates during the Kickstarter campaign.

Backer-created content in Hollow Knight

The following is a list of all backer-created content that was implemented in Hollow Knight.

Bosses

NPCs

Misc.

Backer-created content in Silksong

The following is a list of all backer-created content that will be in Hollow Knight: Silksong.

Bosses

Areas

  • Soaring warlord's tower[14]

Gallery

References

  1. Kickstarter update of November 20th, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kickstarter update of December 19th, 2014.
  3. Team Cherry FAQ
  4. Reddit AMA answer concerning the Kingsmould.
  5. Kickstarter update of January 21st, 2017.
  6. Reddit AMA answer on whether the Colosseum was funded.
  7. Reddit AMA answer concerning Zote.
  8. Kickstarter update of December 15th, 2014.
  9. Kickstarter update of December 4th, 2014.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 Kickstarter update of November 22nd, 2014.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Kickstarter update of December 6th, 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kickstarter update of Deccember 13th, 2014.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kickstarter update of November 20th, 2014.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Team Cherry Blog Post of February 14th, 2019.
  15. Kickstarter update of February 7th, 2017.
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