Shortly after Tim Schafer and Double Fine made the name Kickstarter a household name in the gaming industry, Obsidian hinted on Twitter that they might just consider taking the plunge themselves if the interest was there. They took a poll, got some feedback and then… quiet.

Today, the silence is broken. Obsidian has launched a campaign for a brand new game, codenamed Project Eternity. The title will follow in the footsteps of great RPGs of yesteryear, including Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment. This means that it will be party-based, feature an isometric view and will sport the real-time, pause-friendly combat that create a balance between tactics and quick reactions.

This new world looks strikingly familiar...

As of right now, the project is just over 10% of the way to its $1.1 million goal. Check out the pitch video below, listen to team members Chris Avellone, Tim Cain and Josh Sawyer and decide if it’s something you want to get behind. Here’s a hint: this is something you should probably want to get behind.

If the video isn’t enough to convince you, GameBanshee has an extensive interview with Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart that details the D&D flavor that the magic system will likely take on, the role of voice acting as flavor (rather than something omnipresent) and how this project will be a complete change of pace after working on South Park: The Stick of Truth with THQ. It’s a great read that should answer many of the questions (at least the ones that can be reasonably responded to) that might be floating in your mind.