Here at RipTen, we have covered several Kickstarter projects that have come and gone over the past year. Although Kickstarter is a crowd-funding site that covers a whole spectrum of products, the most popular and most supported projects have been gaming-related. Indeed, more than half of the “Top 10″ highest funded projects are for video games. The success of Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns and Double Fine Adventure have been remarkable, generating over $3 million in backing from their Kickstarter projects. Joining them in the high rollers club is another game that we have covered recently, Project Eternity. This fantasy RPG from Obsidian has not only surpassed its own funding goal, but has now officially become the most-backed video game project in Kickstarter’s history.
If you’re a fan of classic PC titles such as Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment and Baldur’s Gate, then Project Eternity is definitely a game working taking a second look at. The game mechanics will be based on the Infinity Engine, developed by BioWare, to create a classic turn-based, tactical role-playing experience. The graphics will consist of an isometric landscape with hand-drawn backgrounds. The map originally consisted of one large, intricately designed city. However, it has now been hinted that a second city might be developed as a result of the funding the project has received. Little is known about the plot or characters in Project Eternity, but it will have the familiar party system and class customization that have becomes staples of the RPG genre.
The Kickstarter history of Project Eternity is very interesting indeed. Obsidian began their campaign on September 14, 2012 and hit it’s funding targets within 24 hours, with just over $1.1 million raised. This amount continued to increase, reaching $1.6 million within its first week and it has been steadily climbing upwards ever since. As of today, the amount raised is $3.5 million, surpassing the funding raised by all video game Kickstarter projects before. The highest gaming-related Kickstarter is still the OUYA, the controversial Android-based gaming console, which managed to raise over $8.5 million.
As with all crowd-funded endeavours, the money raised does not guarantee that the finished product will come to fruition. By supporting any such project, you do take a financial risk. Having said that, the high amount of money raised and established developers and publishers lending their support does give us gamers some sense of security. Large sums of money equate to high levels of scrutiny and consumer trepidation, so heads will roll if the money is misappropriated. If Project Eternity reaches the finish line, the expected release date is sometime in early 2014, and it will be available on PC, Mac and Linux.