Tim Schafer and the folks at Double Fine are doing something very, very special within the gaming industry. Once you’re finished watching the video above, you’ll see that this darling little indie studio is looking to cut out publishers for one fan-funded adventure game project.
Kickstarter is a platform that allows people with ideas to seek funding from communities around the Internet. You have an idea, you start an account, make a pitch, set tiers for donations and set your final goal. You then spread the word and hope your pitch catches on. People donate towards the final goal and select which rewards they want for doing so. If the goal is met, the money is taken and the project gets made. If the goal is not met, well, nothing happens. No one gets charged and the creators have to find another means to make their idea come to life.
Double Fine revealed their Kickstarter effort yesterday with a goal of $400,000. They gave themselves more than a month to reach that goal. They broke it before last night expired. In fact, upon drafting this story this morning, I loaded the page and it stood at right around $430,000. 30 minutes later, I refreshed the page to find it well over $500,000.
Now, Kickstarter has officially said that Double Fine’s project has earned the record for most money raised in a 24 hour period.
If you back the project with at least $15, you’ll essentially be pre-ordering your digital copy of the game on Steam. You’ll also be given access to the beta once it arrives, and you’ll have a chance to participate in the game’s community and provide feedback for the project from start to finish.
I’m not suggesting that publishers are evil companies that should be surpassed at every possible junction; however, I love that Double Fine is doing this. I love that they recognize no sane publisher would back an adventure game in today’s climate, and that they are working to find a way to please their fans and get to approaching a genre that’s rarely touched.
You can check out more details for the project and become a backer by heading to the source link below.