Train2Game students should find this news very interesting. Double Fine, the studio of adventure game veteran Tim Schafer have turned to Kickstarter – the crowd funding service for creative projects – in order to develop a brand new game.
The adventure game from the man behind the Monkey Island series, has reached the $400,000 needed to fund the project in just a matter of hours.
Members of the public can use Kickstarter to fund indie game projects, with studios, including Double Fine, offering incentives to those who pledge certain amounts.
“Crowd-sourced fundraising sites like Kickstarter have been an incredible boon to the independent development community,” said Schafer.
“They democratize the process by allowing consumers to support the games they want to see developed and give the developers the freedom to experiment, take risks, and design without anyone else compromising their vision.”
“It’s the kind of creative luxury that most major, established studios simply can’t afford. At least, not until now.”
What Train2Game student may be particularly interested in is that Schafer has committed to using the funds not only to make a brand new, old school adventure game, but also to make monthly behind the scenes documentaries showcasing the game development process.
“There’s an unprecedented opportunity to show the public what game development of this calibre looks like from the inside,” he said
“This documentary series will strive to make the viewer as much a part of the process as possible by showing a game grow from start to finish, with all the passion, humour, and heartbreak that happens along the way.”
“Double Fine is committed to total transparency with this project, ensuring it is one of the most honest depictions of game development ever conceived.” Schafter added.
For more information about the Double Fine project, and the awards available to backers, visit the Double Fine adventure Kickstarter project page.
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Double Fine turning to Kickstarter? Would you consider using the model? Will you donate to Double Fine?
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