I just have to lead off by saying this is one of the best ideas I have ever heard a gaming company come up with. Double Fine has announced that they want their next game to be financed by the fans so they can make the game that they want to make without all the strings that come with having your game funded by one of the big publishers. It will be a developed completely in the open and they are looking to finance the project via Kickstarter. For those that don’t know, these are the guys behind games like Brutal Legend, Costume Quest and Stacking just to name a few. The game will be a brand-new, downloadable “Point-and-Click” graphic adventure game for the modern age. To make the project happen, the developers are looking for $400,000 in funding. Seems like a lot of money but through the power of crowdsourcing it can happen, at the rate that they are raising money right now, Double Fine will have this game funded by this time tomorrow, which is nuts!! Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend.
Double Fine feels like this will allow them 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 sanitized 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.
Over a six-to-eight month period, a small team under Tim Schafer’s supervision will develop Double Fine’s next game, a classic point-and-click adventure utilizing modern touch technology. Where it goes from there will unfold in real time for all the backers to see. 2 Player Productions will be documenting the creative process and releasing monthly video updates exclusively to the Kickstarter backers. This documentary series will strive to make the viewer as much a part of the process as possible by showing a game grow from start to finish, with all the passion, humor, and heartbreak that happens along the way. Double Fine is committed to total transparency with this project, ensuring it is one of the most honest depictions of game development ever conceived.
There will be a private online community set up for the backers to discuss the project with the devs and submit their thoughts and feelings about the game’s content and direction, sometimes even voting on decisions when the dev team can’t decide. Backers will also have access to help test the game once a beta is available. Once the game is finished, backers will receive the completed version in the available format of their choice.
This whole experience is being offered for the flat backer contribution of $15. They believe that beyond the reward of receiving the finished game, the ability to be a participant in the project makes this a unique opportunity. For anyone who wants to contribute above and beyond the call, they have a selection of premium rewards ranging from a download of the full documentary series in splendid 1080p HD video with bonus footage, to unique posters, original concept art, and even a mini painting of yourself done by the game’s artist!
For those of you who want to be really special, check out the details on super premium high level rewards! Only click that link if you aren’t faint of heart, the rewards are awesome but the donations are HUGE!! Well that’s it folks, you know what to do now. Time to put your money where your mouth is, let’s see what you got. Click here to see make a donation and to check out the the full FAQS.