Obsidian Entertainment now holds the record for the most funded video game created through Kickstarter. The previous record holder, Double Fine Adventure from Double Fine Studios, started off a wave of excitement earlier in the year when it brought in $3.3 million by the end of its run. Now, Obsidian's Project Eternity has a high point to beat at $3,986,194, a mere $13,000 shy of $4 million.
With so much money, Obsidian was unable to decide what to do with its final $500,000, so the company stated they will be "using every penny from $3.5 million to $4 million to totally enhance the game." Should the campaign have reached $4 million, Obsidian promised to "use live instrumentation for the soundtrack, and add developer in-game commentary."
Although officially falling short of the $4 million mark, it is believed that the development team has also received $150,000 through Paypal, possibly putting them over the limit.
Lead Designer Chris Avellone seems overjoyed in an interview with Destructoid at the thought of going back to his roots.
"We're loving it, and it feels like we're back at Black Isle doing the Infinity Engine games again. I feel young again, even though I felt pretty young already. Sure, we like working on franchises, and will probably do so again. That said, through all the RPGs we've done, we've brought other people's ideas to market, so Eternity is our chance to shout at the world with an internal IP that we can build. It's been incredibly liberating. We've had a lot of ideas for design mechanics and approaches to role-playing games we've learned over the years — we'd just like to make a world for them all to live in.
Also at the $4 million mark, Chris Avellone will be forced to play through Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. I have no idea why he must be forced to because it's an awesome game. Must be an old Troika rivalry thing.
Obsidian live streamed the final countdown party through UStream and Twitter.
Other big successes through Kickstarter have been Wasteland 2, Planetary Annihilation, Shadowrun Returns, Broken Sword – the Serpent's Curse, and the Ouya Video Game System, giving Kickstarter the chance to label 2012 as "The Year of the Game."
Be sure to check out the SHAKER Kickstarter page too for a potentially great old school RPG. They've got some talented people and are getting to their main goal rather slowly.