The crowdfunding scene for video games might be in decline with huge drops in cash flow each passing year, but someone obviously forgot to tell that to Obsidian Entertainment. Its campaign for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire on Fig wrapped itself as the biggest success story in years with over $4.4 million available to it from over 33,000 backers.
Obsidian was looking for $1.1 million to develop the sequel to the sequel, meaning it pulled it over 400 percent of its goal! The $4.4 million makes it the largest crowd-funded video game since 2015 when Shenmue III pulled in $6.3 million and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night nabbed an impressive $5.5 million.
A sophomore entry for a budding series
The first Pillars of Eternity, which launched to universal acclaim in 2015, also set a record as the largest Kickstarter-backed game for a short while when it pulled in $3.9 million in 2012. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will be a direct sequel to the original, and if it can establish itself as a solid sequel, we might have a brand new series on our hands that could last a long time.
The second game in the series is often make-or-break, so best of luck to Obsidian cranking it out.