Chris Avellone on Project Eternity: “It Doesn’t Matter if It’s a Flop. It’s Already Paid for.”
Obsidian Entertainment creative director Chris Avellone, whose credits include Fallout 2 and Planescape: Torment, successfully Kickstarted the record-breaking Project Eternity back in October, with over over $3.9M in funding.
Speaking with Gamasutra, Avellone discussed an uncomfortable topic after establishing that plans for a sequel exist: what happens if Project Eternity is a flop? He said:
“Actually, it doesn’t matter if it’s a flop, although I don’t believe that it will be. But the nice thing about Kickstarter is that people have already paid for the title. So anything else that happens after that is great, but we know what our budget is, and practically speaking, that’s all we’re really focused on: “We’re going to make a game for this amount of money.”
We already have the backer support. They’ve already paid for it. That’s our end destination. If it ends up getting released and selling a lot of copies, great. If it sells enough where we can support future installments, we’ll absolutely do that. If it doesn’t make much of a profit, and we did want to do another installment, we’d probably take it back to Kickstarter.”
With the most successful project in Kickstarter history, I don’t think Avellone needs to worry about funding. Godspeed.