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Double Fine Launches Another Kickstarter with Massive Chalice
Double Fine was really at the forefront of the Kickstarter craze that is currently going on in the video game industry. Back in February of 2012, Double Fine went to the crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter to ask the public directly to help fund an adventure game, now known as Broken Age. The adventure game is a genre that typically does not garner the interest of major publishers simply because publishers think that there isn’t much money to be had in adventure games. But Double Fine shattered expectations, raising about $3.3 million over the period of a month when they only asked for $400,000.
Now, Double Fine if going back to the Kickstarter well with Massive Chalice. This time, they’re asking for a little bit more with $725,000, but with 27 days left, they are well over half funded, and it looks to be another success for Double Fine.
Massive Chalice is a turn-based strategy game in the vein of XCOM or Fire Emblem set in the world of feudal fantasy. The game will focus on controlling generations of families, where characters will age and die, but can leave children that can continue their legacy. Managing different families and subsequent generations looks to be a big aspect of the game, and it seems like a cool feature that adds another layer of complexity to an already complex genre.
2 Player Productions is also set to shoot another documentary series chronicling the project if Massive Chalice gets funded. One of the main reasons I personally backed Broken Age was because I was really curious to see an in-depth look at game development, and it’s awesome that they’re doing this again with Massive Chalice.
Long time Double Fine developer Brad Muir is directing this project. Most known for being the project lead on Iron Brigade (formerly known as Trenched), Brad Muir has also been a designer on Brutal Legend and a programmer on Psychonauts.
Massive Chalice is set to release for the PC, Mac, and Linux in September 2014.