Just after Minecraft creator Markus Persson got in contact with Double Fine Productions and showed his interest in funding Psychonauts 2, the company started an interesting new initiative as they are raising funds through Kickstarter (a popular fundraising platform usually used by independent game developers) in order to make an old-school point-and-click adventure style game.
Although the company was expecting to reach $400,000 in 33 days, it took around 8 hours to reach its goal. Fans of Tim Schafer’s company were donating hundreds of dollars a few minutes after the official announcement and this proves how passionate fans of graphic adventures really are.
For those of you not familiar with the company, here’s a little description about Double Fine that was taken directly from the Kickstarter site: “Founded in 2000 by industry veteran Tim Schafer (Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango), the San Francisco-based company has established itself as a unique creative force with critically-acclaimed titles such as Pyschonauts, Brutal Legend, Costume Quest, Stacking, Iron Brigade, Once Upon a Monster, and Double Fine Happy Action Theater. This year, you’ll be given a front-row seat as they revisit Tim’s design roots and create a brand-new, downloadable “Point-and-Click” graphic adventure game for the modern age.”
Both Schafer and Gilbert will be involved in the project and this is extremely exciting as they were behind the development of classics such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and of course, Day of the Tentacle.
The upcoming title is expected to be finished in six-to-eight-months and it’ll be released on the PC through Steam in October. Those who donate $15 or more will get a copy of the game, access to the beta, access to the documentary series (described below) and a private forum. Moreover, Mac and iOS versions of the title are also expected to be developed.
In addition, the company clearly said that they will be documenting the creation of the game, something that will be exclusive to all the people who supported the project and contributed to it. Through this documentary series they want to engage the community and make the viewer a part from the process.
As of press time Double Fine has raised $495,462.
On a more personal note, I’m thrilled to see that a project like this is being made in 2012.To be completely honest I recently got into old graphic adventure games, but if it wasn’t for Sam & Max: Hit the Road or Day of the Tentacle I never would have started this blog. I consider Day of the Tentacle the best game that I’ve ever played in my life. On the other hand, I have to admit that I’m one of those people who is not comfortable donating for the project and even though this may seem like a huge contradiction I simply don’t want a game that requires Steam with its weird DRM policies and clients running in the background. Thankfully, I have over a month to reconsider my opinion.
For more information about the project you can visit the Double Fine Productions official site.