Tim Schafer, Ron Gilbert, Double Fine Use Kickstarter to Raise Money for New Adventure Game
It’s already been a great week for Tim Schafer fans: Twitter conversation fueled rumors that he and Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson might collaborate on a Psychonauts sequel. Things got even better today, however, when Schafer’s studio Double Fine Productions announced a bold new project: the Double Fine Adventure.
Announced this evening on Double Fine’s website, the Adventure is designed to solve a long-standing problem: gamers desperately want Schafer and his colleagues to make an old-school, point-and-click adventure game, but publishers don’t have any interest in funding one. That’s why Double Fine turned to Kickstarter, which enables those expectant gamers to contribute their money directly. Initially, the San Francisco-based developers planned to raise $400,000 in a little over a month. So far, they’ve raised nearly $300,000 in a little over five hours.
The news of Ron Gilbert’s inclusion adds even more excitement. A former co-worker of Schafer’s at LucasArts, where the pair collaborated on classics such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Gilbert recently joined the team at Double Fine. The prospect of the two veteran funnymen teaming up for a new game is sure to keep the donations rolling in.
Interested gamers can visit the project’s Kickstarter page and fork over their cash. Their generosity will be well rewarded: for a modest donation of $15, donors will receive a copy of the game on Steam, early beta keys, and special access to a forum which will allow gamers to interact directly with the people making the game, criticizing the concept art and helping shape the characters. $100 gets you a special mention in the credits; $10,000 gets you a private lunch with Schafer and Gilbert themselves. Documentarians 2Player Productions will be capturing the whole process on film.
Whether you plan to donate one or one thousand dollars, head over to Kickstarter and help fund this awesome idea. Before you do, check out Double Fine’s hilarious video announcement.