Double Fine’s new game, Adventure, is being crowd-funded via Kickstarter – and it’s hit its $400,000 target after just hours.
Double Fine Productions recently employed adventure games legend Ron Gilbert, and he and Tim Schafer have been working away on something. That something is an adventure game, currently dubbed just Adventure, and the company is crowd-funding its development via Kickstarter.
Most remarkably, since the announcement late yesterday, enough people have donated enough money that the project is now fully funded. As I write, over $400,000 has been generated.
On their Kickstarter page, Double Fine explained why they chose the usually more indie-centric route of crowd-funding, even though they’re an established company.
“Keeping the scale of the project this small accomplishes two things,” they explained. “First and foremost, Double Fine gets to make the game they want to make, promote it in whatever manner they deem appropriate, and release the finished product on their own terms.
“Secondly, since they’re only accountable to themselves, there’s an unprecedented opportunity to show the public what game development of this caliber looks like from the inside. Not the sanitised commercials-posing-as-interviews that marketing teams only value for their ability to boost sales, but an honest, in-depth insight into a modern art form that will both entertain and educate gamers and non-gamers alike.”
The game will be developed in the public eye, with a documentary team working in-studio to follow the game’s progress. Those who donate will be invited to provide feedback via an exclusive online forum, and Schafer promises that Double Fine will be reading and considering every word – “It’ll be like a collaboration,” he said.
He added: “Either the game will be great, or it’ll be a spectacular failure caught on camera. Either way, you [the public] win.
“What could possibly go wrong?”
Only a PC version has been confirmed so far, and those who donate $15 or more will get a free copy on release. There are plenty more rewards for higher donations, too.
Now that the $400,000 has been generated, any further funds will allow for additional features, and even ports to other platforms.
Check out the page and, if you feel generous, give a little.