Breaking News: Project Eternity
Note: as I am traveling for work, the formating on this post could use a little work. I will remedy this as soon as I am able.
Setting a new land speed record, Obsidian entertainment has set the standard when it comes to funding speed. Less than 24 hours after its Kickstarter has begun (7pm MDT yesterday) they have completed their ambitious initial funding goal of $1.1 million. This gives them 30 more days to see just how far they can push the needle.
Though the speed and scope involved is certainly surprising, one thing that is not is the ardor of their fans. The gamers that have been waiting for the successor, spiritual or otherwise, to such classics as Planescape: Torment, Fallout 1&2, Baldur’s Gate, and my personal favorite – Arcanum, are legion. In large part, the success of the recent Wasteland 2 and Shadowrun Returns projects were due to this same fan base. Despite the fact that mainstream developers no longer seem interested in making these tactical, story-intensive games, their fans have never given up hope.
Like many of you, I have already given Obsidian my money. I gave it to them after reading the first paragraph – before i watched the video or scrolled down to read the pitch – it is this level of trust in our favorite developers that is allowing the dollars involved in this project come in with such speed. If anything – reading more about the project has made me more uncertain about it. The easiest comparisons – Wasteland 2 and Shadowrun Returns were both long on detail; they told us exactly what they wanted to do, and exactly how much they expected it to cost. To date Project Eternity has not provided a similar details. Information on the pitch hints at a fantasy theme, and feature sets can be derived by those with experience with some of their previous titles, but as a whole communication could use some improvement.
Though I am unlikely to take my $20 back in the near future, I hope that as they surpass their initial goal, stretch goals, polls and other fan service will give us further insights into their plans. I hope that new rewards and reward tiers will come into existence to augment their current lackluster offerings.
What do you need to hear from Obsidian to get you excited?