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Double Fine's Kickstarter campaign for new point and click adventure game becomes overnight success

It's been little over a day since Double Fine Productions turned to the Kickstarter crowd-funding website to help raise cash for its next project, and already Tim Schafer and his team are close to doubling their $400,000 goal.

Launched yesterday, the Kickstarter campaign was set up to help Double Fine bypass finicky publishers and generate enough funds to make a “downloadable 'point-and-click graphic adventure game for the modern age” with support and input from the studio's community. As it turns out, Double Fine supporters were more than happy to participate in the crowdsourcing experiment. At time of print, the campaign has attracted more than 12,000 backers and over $620,000 in contributions.

“I love you, world!” Schafer declared in a tweet to fans. “Double Fine fans are the greatest fans in the world. [You're] gonna make me cry. :) :) :)”

Schafer said excess funds will be funneled into the development of the game, the making of a behind-the-scenes documentary by 2 Player Productions, and future localization efforts. Contributors will also have an opportunity to provide input throughout the game's development, as well as score early access to final product and Double Fine swag. The studio has even gone so far as to offer such perks as dinner with Schafer and a night of bowling with Double Fine developers as incentives for large-scale donations.

The only downside to Double Fine's Kickstarter success is that it's temporarily taken attentions away from yesterday's news that Markus “Notch” Persson was in talks with the studio to help fund the production of Psychonauts 2. At last check, Schafer told followers: “If you're wondering about @notch's generous offer to help Psychonauts 2 happen, all I can say is that we are having a lovely chat about it!”

Hmm. Maybe if this Kickstarter thing really takes off, Double Fine will have enough resources to do more than “chat”.

13 comments

  • FoxxJeh - February 10, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Just checked the amount... it's over ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!! *pinkie finger*
  • DevonOO7 - February 9, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    I'll give you a million dollars for that hat!
  • ThatOneHobo - February 9, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    It's really awesome that there was so much success in this. I'm excited. Also, why don't they just make another Kickstarter for Psychonauts 2.....?
  • xMagnumMGx - February 9, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Boom! Donated $250 can't wait to see what comes out of this.
  • soggysage - February 9, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    Fantastic news!
  • GhostNappa2k10 - February 9, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    I just cried double tears of joy. Tears at the fact Double Fine are developing a new game, and tears at the fact Psychonauts 2 could happen!
  • sirdilznik - February 9, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Awesome news. I went ahead and donated a twenty spot, which means I'll get the game when it's finished ($15 min to get the game). It feels good to help out, plus I'm sure any game by Double Fine will be worth at least $20 as I love all of Tim Shafer's stuff. It's great that this is such a success. /prays for Grim Fandango 2
  • shawksta - February 9, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Hooray for them and their dedicated fans! I agree with Faux,, im in the same position with college and stuff. Psychonauts 2 and a new click adventure game, lets hope they can manage it..
  • AngryScotsman - February 9, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    In the space of a week, Double Fine have completely funded one game, a documentary and are very likely to fund another. I'm honestly more interested in the documentary but the game is neat too.
  • FirLocke - February 9, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    Amazing news. Tim Schafer and co. deserve the love.
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - February 9, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    fantastic news!
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - February 9, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    So awesome. Congrats to Double Fine, they truly deserve it.
  • FauxGateau - February 9, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    I really wish that I wasn't in College. Mostly because I would actually have money to give to this project. Although it does warm my heart to see that Double Fine has such great fans.

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