Posted on November 19, 2012, Randy Nelson Vote on Double Fine’s Next ‘Amnesia Fortnight’ Games Via Humble Bundle
For a couple of years now, the delightfully deranged gang at San Francisco-based Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend) has been staging two-week-long “Amnesia Fortnight” events during which employees are encouraged to forget whatever they’re working on and pitch new game ideas, the best of which are then chosen to become full prototypes. Examples of such games that have seen the light of day include Costume Quest and Iron Brigade. For this year’s Amnesia Fortnight, the developer decided to do something different: Allow its fans to choose the four pitches that get turned into prototypes.
Double Fine has partnered with the Humble Bundle to facilitate the process. By donating any amount over $1, you gain not only the right to vote on 23 pitches, but can also download the original prototypes for Costume Quest and Once Upon a Monster (originally called Happy Song) right now. Not only that, but you’ll be able to download playable prototypes of the four games chosen by gamers once they’re complete. Of course, since the selection process is part of the Humble Bundle, you can choose to put as much of your payment as you’d like towards charitable causes such as Child Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
2 Player Productions, the documentary team that’s following the development of Double Fine’s upcoming crowdfunded title Double Fine Adventure, will be chronicling the creation of the four prototypes once they’ve been chosen. This means you’ll get to watch talented developers put together working versions of games like Hack n’ Slash, a Zelda-alike where you can hack the game code to win, or a giant monster grappler called Kaiju Piledriver — if those two get enough votes, that is.
There’s one week left to take part and vote on which pitches should become full prototypes. The second week of Amnesia Fortnight will be devoted to the development of the chosen titles. Check out the Amnesia Fortnight site right here.