Double Fine, the developer behind adventure games such as Psychonauts, has turned to crowd-funding service Kickstarter to finance its next videogame.
Double Fine seeks US$400,000 for the project, $300,000 for development, and $100,000 to create a “warts-and-all” behind-the-scenes documentary on the game’s production.
“Big games cost big money,” reads the Kickstarter page for the project currently called Double Fine Adventure. “To finance the production, promotion, and distribution of these massive undertakings, companies like Double Fine have to rely on external sources like publishers, investment firms, or loans. And while they fulfill an important role in the process, their involvement also comes with significant strings attached that can pull the game in the wrong directions or even cancel its production altogether. Thankfully, viable alternatives have emerged and gained momentum in recent years.”
By turning to fans of Double Fine, Schafer and company hope to retain creative control of the work, and crowdsource feedback on the game as it’s developed.
Double Fine boasts staff that have worked on such iconic adventure games as The Secret of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango.
As always with Kickstarter, those who invest in the project will be rewarded relative to their pledge. A person donating $15 will receive “The finished game in all of its awesome glory on Steam, exclusive access to the PC Beta on Steam, access to the video series, and access the private discussion community.” Those who pledge $30 will also receive an HD download of the documentary.
Donation brackets increase exponentially and include, “Become an actual character in the game,” for $50,000 and “Tim Schafer (that’s me) will give last four remaining Triangle Boxed Day of the Tentacles, in original shrink-wrap.” (Limit of 1) (Holy crap, what am I thinking? I only have four of those!)” for $150,000.
“Publishers tell us that adventure games are dead. Our fans tell us they aren’t,” says Tim Schafer. “Who is right? Well, I think it’s about time we found out!”
At the time of writing, Double Fine Adventure has already received $82,407.