Double Fine Announces Massive Chalice

By Pete Haas 2013-05-30 12:44:39 discussion comments
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Today Double Fine Productions revealed that they're working on a turn-based, medieval strategy game called Massive Chalice. Like their previously announced title Broken Age, Massive Chalice will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

In Massive Chalice, players take on the role of an immortal king or queen. They must guide their kingdom to victory against a demonic invasion. In order to do so, they must be an effective leader both on and off the battlefield.

"The game is structured into two main layers: strategy and tactics," explains Double Fine on the game's Kickstarter page. "In the strategy layer, you oversee your kingdom, arrange royal marriages, conduct research, and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy. In the tactics layer, you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customizable heroes."

The heroes will learn new abilities over time. However, if they fall in battle, they're dead permanently. They can also die of old age if they survive that long. It falls to the player to arrange marriages that will make the next generation of heroes as strong as possible. You can also equip your heroes with demonic artifacts, though you risk polluting a bloodline by doing so.

The Massive Chalice Kickstarter comes a year after Double Fine's hugely successful campaign for Broken Age. The company managed to raise over $3.45 million for that adventure game. As a result of their success, big and small developers alike have flocked to the crowd-funding site in order to get money for their own projects.

"Double Fine’s goal is for all our teams to remain independent and responsible directly to their players. Kickstarting Massive Chalice allows us to maintain a pure creative vision, put out updates on our own schedule, respond to feedback without roadblocks, and release it all DRM-free."

The Chalice Kickstarter campaign will run until Jun 27th. Over $150,000 has been donated today toward the $725,000 goal.
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