Double Fine Raise One Million Dollars for New Adventure Game in Less Than 24 Hours
By David Daw
Well that didn’t take long. Not content to wait for funding help from Minecraft creator “Notch” Persson, game studio Double Fine has launched a campaign on crowd-funding site Kickstarter to finance a new adventure game. The campaign, dubbed the Double Fine Adventure, was published late Wednesday night with an ambitious $400,000 goal. Even though that was one of the highest goals in the history of Kickstarter, Double Fine met it within 8 hours. Less than 24 hours later the project had earned over $1,000,000 in pledges.
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All this for a game project with surprisingly few details revealed thus far. All Double Fine has said about the new game is that it will be “a classic point and click adventure game for the modern age” and the company hopes to release the game through Steam by October of this year.
Of course, many classic PC gamers would happily fund any project linking “Double Fine” and “Adventure Game” with no questions asked. The company has a fantastic history of critically lauded games from the zany platformer Pyschonauts to their recent Kinect game Happy Action Theater. Double Fine’s founder Tim Schafer has an even more prestigious past with adventure gaming, co-creating the classic Monkey Island PC games that practically defined the genre during his time with LucasArts.
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In many ways Double Fine’s new project can be seen as a return to Schafer’s roots, but the project does have a new twist: thanks to a partnership with gaming documentarians 2 Player Productions contributors to the Kickstarter won’t just receive a copy of the finished game they’ll also get access to an exclusive documentary series that will follow Double Fine through every step of the production process. “With this project, we’re taking that door off its hinges and inviting you into the world of Double Fine Productions,” The company’s Kickstarter says.
If you want to help contribute to the project there’s still plenty of time to donate. There’s a tiered reward system in place that allows you to win different prizes depending on how much you donate: you can get access to the game and documentary series for just $15, but if you’ve got extra cash burning a hole in your pocket you could chip in $20,000 for a night of bowling with Tim Schafer and the game’s dev team. Head on over to Double Fine’s site to see the other high-end donation rewards on offer.
We’ll keep you updated on all the development’s with Double Fine’s new project, including an interview next week with 2 Player Productions on how they plan to help average gamers peek behind the curtain of game development to see how their favorite games are made.