On February 8th, Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Stacking, etc.) launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for an unnamed, unknown "classic" point-and-click adventure game. Along with $300,000 for the game, an additional $100,000 was necessary to fund a documentary of the game's development filmed by 2 Player Productions (who are also working on the Minecraft documentary). You can watch the hilarious introduction video from Tim Schafer below.
The $400,000 funding goal was met in one day. By the next night, the total had risen to over 1 million dollars. At this moment, there are 31,205 backers pledging a total of $1,175,056, almost three times the initial goal. The pledges range from at least $15 all the way up to $10,000 and possibly beyond, as their are additional incentives that are "too rich" for Kickstarter. The extra money means the game can "appear on more platforms, be translated into more languages, have more music and voice, and an original soundtrack for the documentary, and more!"
Double Fine couldn't find a publisher for a game in a "dead" genre, so they skipped the middleman and went directly to their customers and fans, and it worked. The game is still up in the air, of course. Maybe it will be awesome, maybe it will be mediocre, maybe it will crash and burn and fail spectacularly. But the community of backers on Kickstarter will have input and insight into the development process along the way, and everyone will get an interesting documentary regardless of what happens to the game. I can't wait to see the finished products.
Although the funding goal has already been shattered, you can still pledge money for the next 32 days, until March 13th (which happens to be my birthday). $15 or more will get you the full game on Steam, an early beta on Steam, the video series, and access to the private discussion community. Higher tiers offer additional rewards including autographed posters, a portrait of you, or a character in the game based on you (for $50,000).
Disclosure: I pledged $15.00.
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