Broken Age: Act 1 Beta Drops Tomorrow

AAA games shipped in a near unplayable state, DLC available for pre-order (in some cases for said unplayable games), early alphas sold for full-game prices… it’s 2014 and in many ways it seems like we’re living in a broken age.

See what I did there?

Yes, another item must be added to the growing list of painful contemporary game industry trends: the Kickstarted video game that is cancelled, delayed, or delivered as something different than the developers promised in their pitch. Enter Tim Schafer and the project that kickstarted the gaming Kickstarter craze, Broken Age. Tomorrow, the beta of the first half of the adventure game more than 87,000 contributors shelled out $3.3 million for back in spring 2012 is finally set to arrive for backers. Schafer made the announcement via Twitter:


I backed the project formerly known as Double Fine Adventure. I’m among those who thinks Schafer suffered a mental break when he decided not to deliver the $3.3 million adventure game he promised, opting instead for a project that cost twice as much, took twice as long, and, oh yeah, he needs more money for. Imagine what would have happened if he only got the $400,000 he originally asked for.

Still, an old school adventure game from the guy who brought us Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion, Grim Fandango and Psychonauts is impossible not to be excited about. Damn you, Tim Schafer, I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

Backers will find out tomorrow when Broken Age arrives. Hopefully it will kickstart a positive new game industry trend: the return of the old-school adventure.

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1 Comment on Broken Age: Act 1 Beta Drops Tomorrow


On January 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Tim Schafer is the Tim Burton of gaming. He did one good thing early on and everything since has been drugged out goth psychedelia garbage.