When it comes to the world of classic point’n’click adventure games, there are few names as revered as Tim Schafer. The man helped bring us everything from Day of the Tentacle to Grim Fandango. Since that time, he’s been off doing his own thing at his own studio, Double Fine Productions. And while Double Fine has brought us plenty of great games (including the recent Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster that my kids can’t stop playing), Tim’s team has never gone back to revisit the classic days of point and click fun. At least, not until now.
In less than 24 hours, the currently untitled project known as “Double Fine Adventure” has raised more than twice its lofty Kickstarter target of $400,000. We’re talking almost a million. In fact, by the time you read this, a million will probably be deep in the rear view mirror.
In case you haven’t caught on yet, this is kind of a big deal. Not just for Double Fine, but for Kickstarter and the industry as a whole. Can you imagine what the gaming world would look like if big developers like this could raise the funds needed to get to market without a publisher? Sure it’s worked for indies, but we’re talking Tim Schaefer here. Between Tim and Ron Gilbert (also now with Double Fine), these are the people that defined the LucasArts era of adventure games.
So what will the game be about? We don’t know yet. But what we do know is that Double Fine will be filming every moment of the process for a documentary, and that Kickstarter contributors will be invited to an exclusive private community to give feedback on the development of the project.
So what are you waiting for? Double Fine Adventure seems primed to be a game-changing moment for the industry. Don’t you want to say that you were a part?
Project Name: Double Fine Adventure
Platforms: PC, possibly more
Funding Needed: $400,000
Funding Acquired (as of this writing): $865,859
Days Left: 33
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