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Community, Not Publisher, Funds Double Fine Adventure

The next game out of Double Fine Productions will be entirely funded by community pledges.

Sometimes miraculous things happen in the video game community.  Double Fine Productions, creators of cult favorite games like Psychonauts, Costume Quest and most recently Double Fine Happy Action Theater wants to return to their roots and produce a simple “point-and-click” adventure game that they are aptly calling Double Fine Adventure.  Usually a developer would have to rely on a publisher, investors or bank loans to bankroll such a production, but Double Fine has instead decided to reach out to the community to fund the game.

Last night Double Fine announced that they would be using crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter to collect pledges from those that want to see this game become a reality.  A simple pledge of $15 would secure a steam copy of the game upon release as well as access to a documentary series being produced by 2 Player Productions.  Larger pledges garner more elaborate tokens like original art used in the game.

Double Fine’s goal was to raise $400,000 before March 13th at 8pm EST.  As I write this the project has already exceeded that goal, bringing in over $580,000.  All funds in excess of the $400,000 goal will be dumped straight into production of the game, allowing for better voice over talent, higher music budgets and perhaps even additional platforms of release.

The game is expected to be finished in October of this year, but we’ll report a more concrete date as details arise.  If you are interested in pledging your support to Double Fine Adventure, visit the project's listing over at Kickstarter.

UPDATE: In less than 24 hours, Double Fine's Kickstarter has reached one million dollars!


 

Comments

Nick DiMola Director

02/09/2012 at 10:11 AM

Alright Double Fine, I think we know how to fund Psychonauts 2 now. I will pledge sums of money for that game to be made.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/09/2012 at 10:16 AM

So, is this the result of all the Notch and Schafer back and forth we heard about recently, or will there be a Psychonauts 2 on top of this?

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

02/09/2012 at 10:21 AM

This is in addition to that - Notch and Schafer took their talks offline, so we'll hear more about that in the future.  This is a small team project that will be something else entirely.  Things are really looking up for Double Fine.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/09/2012 at 10:56 AM

Yes, Double Fine is looking Double Fine!

(sorry, I just had to.)

Mongoose

02/10/2012 at 12:43 AM

Interesting experiment. That means we'll get unfiltered coverage as time goes along?

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