Obsidian’s Mystery Kickstarter Revealed, and Already Funded
All last week, Obsidian continually updated their homepage with different teasers to get the buzz going for a mysterious new project, counting down from four, to three, to two, and to one—until they finally revealed their brand new crowd-funded Kickstarter, Project Eternity. The fundraising campaign was launched late on Friday, and it met its $1.1 million goal in rather short order about a day later. As of this writing, Project Eternity has $1.4 million in pledged funding with over 36,000 backers.
On Saturday, Obsidian posted their stretch goals to keep the fundraising going; their first stretch, the new playable race, class, and companion, having been met at the $1.4 million mark. A Mac version of the game will be made at $1.6 million, with a Linux version coming at $2.2 million. The full list can be seen right here.
As for the game itself, Project Eternity is an all-new, homegrown IP, which is probably why it was pretty much impossible to figure out exactly what the teasers were, you know, teasing, last week. Clearly, gamers are responding to Obsidian’s ideas, and their intention to make an M-rated game without any oversight or hand-wringing from a larger publisher.
This is a big win for Obsidian. Earlier this year, the company had to lay off roughly 30 staff members due to financial troubles, while it was later revealed that they had missed out on a financial windfall after the Metacritic score for Fallout: New Vegas missed its 85 percent goal by a mere one point. But shortly after the gigantic Kickstarter success demonstrated by Double Fine, the folks at Obsidian started publicly discussing their plans to put a similar project into motion. It would seem that those plans have definitely paid off.
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