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Obsidian Entertainment - Crowd-funding Fever

by Dhruin, 2012-02-10 21:33:45

First, some quick background. As you probably know, the biggest news on the 'net is Double Fine / Tim Schaefer raising $1.4M in a bit over a day on Kickstarter for a proposed old-school point-and-click adventure (seriously, the number just keeps going up in realtime). While some people have erroneously called the phenomenon "the death of publishers", it's an exciting prospect - at least if you've got some celebrity power to drive the demand.

Chris Avellone answered a question on twitter about Obsidian trying a similar thing:

Hmmmm. I admit, I’ve got Kickstarter fever now. I feel like a bunch of doors suddenly appeared in game development.

On his Formspring, J.E. Sawyer also had this to say:

What do you think of DoubleFine's success on Kickstarter? Do you think that you could replicate it at Obsidian with a budget isometric title?

I'm not sure. I know we've discussed it internally in the past.

Then Chris Avellone tests the water further, posting on his blog on the Obsidian forums:

If Obsidian + Kickstarter = ?

All of Double Fine’s success from Kickstarter has been inspiring.


The idea of player-supported funding is... well, it’s proof certain genres aren’t dead and sequels may have more legs than they seem. And the idea of not having to argue that with a publisher is appealing.

Out of curiosity, if Obsidian did Kickstart a project, what would you want to see funded? (You can respond in comments or to @ChrisAvellone on Twitter, whichever you prefer.)

* I only use all caps for sarcasm and shouting. And for the Think Tank in Old World Blues for comedy value.        


Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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