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Double Fine Productions' success in raising funds for their next game through Kickstarter has caught the attention of Obsidian Entertainment. The Irvine-based developer, perhaps best known for their work on Fallout: New Vegas and Neverwinter Nights 2, might try the same thing.
"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," said Obsidian's Chris Avellone on the company blog (via Blue). "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?"
Kickstarter is an online fundraising website for creative projects. Other products funded through the site include gadgets, films, and music albums. Brutal Legend dev Double Fine's potential adventure game is Kickstarter's biggest success story, though. As of this writing, the game has secured over $1.75 million in funding from over 51,000 backers. They raised more than half of that take in one day.
"Crowd-sourced fundraising sites like Kickstarter have been an incredible boon to the independent development community," Double Fine said of their decision to use the site. "They democratize the process by allowing consumers to support the games they want to see developed and give the developers the freedom to experiment, take risks, and design without anyone else compromising their vision. It's the kind of creative luxury that most major, established studios simply can't afford. At least, not until now."
Obsidian's dance card looks pretty full for the near future. They're developing role-playing games based on South Park and Wheel of Time. Perhaps Kickstarter will enable them to make something a bit smaller in between these huge projects, though. If you've got a strong opinion about what their Kickstarter game should be, head to their blog and leave a comment.