The forward-thinking folks at Double Fine have taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for their next game. They set their donation goal at $400,000, and not only did they hit that, but they did it in just over eight hours, setting a new Kickstarter record in the process!
As Double Fine stresses on their pledge page, game development is a difficult juggling act, not only requiring the team behind any give game to pour their blood, sweat and tears into a project, but it also requires a lot of backing, be it from publishers, investment firms and loans. With so many hands in the pot, games can easily be lead astray due to the "backers" demanding certain things for their money. The goal of Double Fine's Kickstarter campaign is to bypass that stressful tug-of-war, instead giving Double Fine the ultimate power to choose how their game gets made and distributed.
To do this, Double Fine sought out the help of their fans, asking for donations to get their next title, a touch-based point-and-click adventure called "Double Fine Adventure," off the ground and running. Not only did the fans answer, but they did it faster than anyone could have imagined. At the time of writing this post, over $677,000 has be pledged, and that number is still climbing. The Kickstarter campaign still has 33 days left to donate. We think Tim Schafer and the folks at Double Fine will be able to make their game just fine.
If you choose to donate the standard $15 pledge, you'll be rewarded with not only the game when it's done via Steam, but you'll also get access to a special behind-the-scenes documentary covering the extensive development process of the project. The documentary will be a fully transparent look into how Double Fine works without all the excess PR bullshit, as Double Fine puts it. This documentary will be released in installments, exclusively for Kickstarter backers. In addition, you'll also get a sweet Double Fine Adventures poster.
With Double Fine having already surpassed their minimum pledge goal, you might be wondering what happens next. Well, they're still taking pledges, and that money will continue to be dumped into the development of Double Fine Adventure, allowing Double Fine to splurge on better voice acting, or licensed music, or any number of things to make the game better as a whole. Being the people that they are, Double Fine has no plans to pocket the extra change for late night boozing or trips to BYOB strip clubs in Atlantic City (trust me, not worth it!)
If you want to be a part of this innovative approach to game development, be our guest. Pledge some money on the official Double Fine Kickstarter page to not only help out an indie developer, but also hook yourself up with a cool game and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of how it's made. This is a win/win for everyone.