Now Obsidian Are Looking At Kickstarter

Chris Avellone, creative director at Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment, has been impressed by the recent crowd sourcing epic win by Tim Schafer’s Double Fine productions.

A post on the Obsidian forums by Chris describes the reaction to the Double Fine Kickstarter as ‘inspiring’.

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The idea of player-supported funding is… well, it’s proof certain genres aren’t dead and sequels may have more legs than they seem. And the idea of not having to argue that with a publisher is appealing.

Out of curiosity, if Obsidian did Kickstart a project, what would you want to see funded?

A number of the responses ask for sequels to Alpha Protocol and Planetscape whilst others favour a turn based isometric RPG.

However Twisted Metal creator and potty mouthed van destroyer, David Jaffe, has questioned if Double Fine’s success shows Kickstarter is a valid alternative to publisher funded games.

Is this kind of a one-off thing, because it was led by Tim Schafer? Is this actually moving the needle? That, we don’t know.

Source: Obsidian Forums / Gamasutra

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8 Comments

  1. I fear it’ll only take one or a couple of incidences of a player-funded game to collapse in development for this idea to turn sour. Publishers may often seem like the bad guy, but they shoulder the risk and apply the pressure to developers to get things done.

    • They also poorly market lots of good games, destroy good developers and stereotype consumers. Good developers can easily take care of themselves :P

      • “Good developers can easily take care of themselves :P”. Yeah, based on a sample size of two or three.

      • Good Developers often can’t take care of themselves, and the good games they make would probably either be really bad, or not even exist, if it wasn’t for the money injected into the devs by publishers.

  2. I’d love a sequel to Alpha Protocol, loved that game.

    • Got a bad reaction but I kinda liked it.. still have to play it more though

  3. Who on earth is Tim Schaefer and what game series did he kickstart?

  4. I’m pretty sure that Take 2 or Bethesade will fund them as they seem to be more flexable. I really hope this won’t be the start of many developers taking the p*ss with it.

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