It started with a posting on the Double Fine website stating: “Publishers tell us that adventure games are dead. Our fans tell us they aren’t. Who is right? Well, I think it’s about time we found out!”
With that, Double Fine and adventure-gaming legend Tim Schafer have announced they are working on “a classic point-and-click adventure.” If you’re unfamiliar with Schafer’s work, he’s the brains behind a lot of the classics in the genre including Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Psychonauts. While a new adventure game from Schafer is incredible news itself, the funding of the project might be even more incredible. Instead of using traditional methods, the studio decided to access the crowd-sourcing power of Kickstarter, where people can contribute to the development of the game and receive a number of different rewards including the game itself (once completed).
The project was set at a financial goal of $400,000 dollars to cover development of the game and a behind-the-scenes documentary that project backers will be given access to. In just over 8 hours of posting the project, Double Fine reached its $400,000 goal. When contacted by gaming site Joystiq, a Kickstarter spokesperson revealed, “I can confirm that there’s not been a project that has raised as much as this one in such a short timeframe.” By day two of the posting, the project reached over $1 million in contributions. At the time of this posting, the campaign has over 38,000 people backing it and a total of over $1.4 million raised.
The untitled adventure game is currently set for an October 2012 release. Looks like adventure games aren’t dead after all.