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Coming off the KickStarter success for their upcoming adventure title, Double Fine are now finding themselves in a bit of a success run for securing funding, as Sega has hopped onto the popularity locomotive and offered to publish another Double Fine adventure title called The Cave.
Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA commented in the press release, saying...
“As SEGA continues to expand our digital gaming catalog, we’ve put a lot of effort into finding truly original experiences we can help bring to life. Both Ron and the team at Double Fine are experienced and deeply creative, and we value the chance to work with them on The Cave,”
Ron Gilbert is heading up the project, which sees players taking three adventurers into a dangerous cave to do some adventuring. All is not as it seems, however, because both peril and hilarity will ensue. This is a completely different beast from Double Fine's other point-and-click adventure game being headed up by Tim Schafer.
Ron Gilbert chimed in with his own quote, not to leave the spotlight to the publisher funding them, saying...
“The concept of The Cave has been bouncing around in my head for many, many years, and then the little voices that tell me to do things said it was time to make the game,”... “I’m thrilled to be working with amazingly talented folks at Double Fine and ecstatic that the team at SEGA believes in adventure games and quirky ideas.”
In a way, it's hard not to attribute this sort of deal-securing to just pure luck. I get the feeling all the success, media attention and popularity surrounding Double Fine's KickStarter campaign may have helped them with this Sega deal, which is definitely interesting. Because as we all know, the main reason Double Fine went the crowd-sourcing route was because no publisher would back their project, identical to what happened with inXile Entertainment and Wasteland 2.
Hopefully this rings true for more developers, and perhaps publishers will see that there are niche groups of gamers always willing to support the kind of video games that made gaming popular in the first place, since the 1970s.
The Cave is set for digital release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC as a budget-priced title in 2013. You can keep up to date on progress and assets released for The Cave by visiting Sega's Official Facebook Page.