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Game developer Double Fine crowdsources new game

Game developer Double Fine has been having trouble getting publishers to fund the company's games as of late, so it pitched its newest project to the crowd. About an hour after posting the project on crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, the company's fans had already raised more than US$45,000.

The project, currently dubbed Double Fine Adventure, will be headed by game developing legends Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert, and will be a point-and-click adventure game released on Steam.

In less than eight hours, the company had raised the US$400,000 it asked for, and at the time of writing had raised more than US$843,000.

The Double Fine Adventure project has now raised more money than any other Kickstarter project and has the largest number of backers the website has seen since its startup in 2009.

Double Fine's Tim Schafer said that the excess money will be spent on improving the game, including making it in more languages and porting it to more platforms.

"If I were to go to a publisher right now and pitch an adventure game, they'd laugh in my face," Schafer said in a video about the project.

"And that's when it occurred to me: Kickstarter. We can use Kickstarter to make a fan-funded, old-school adventure game."

"It's perfect. We've got the perfect team here at Double Fine to make it, [and] we've got the inventor of the genre here, Ron Gilbert."

Double Fine will also produce a documentary about the project and involve backers in the game development process.

Those who fund the game - dubbed 'backers' - will receive different rewards for doing so, depending on how much they contribute.

The rewards start at a $15 donation for a copy of the finished game. For a mere US$10,000, one backer could get a lunch with Schafer and Gilbert, a tour of the studio, and all previous reward tiers.

For US$50,000, a backer can actually become a character in the game.

For a full list, check out the link above, and Double Fine's website.


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