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Obsidian unveils Kickstarter title Project Eternity, raise $1M in 24 hours
Posted: 15.09.2012 18:45 by Comments: 16
In the past few days, Obsidian Entertainment teased a mystery game on their website. The developer revealed what the game was: a Kickstarter project titled Project Eternity, with a $1.1M fundraising goal.

While the goal might seem high, the response has been unanimous - Obsidian has raised $1M in a single day, leaving 31 days of funding to go.

The Kickstarter page describes the title as "an isometric, party-based RPG set in a new fantasy world". To further pull the heartstrings of RPG gamers, Obsidian went on to state the game "pays homage to the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment."

Obsidian's Chris Avellone states the game will have a tactical real-time with pause system. Players will create a character and attract companions to travel with them. As with many Obsidian games, the theme of making choices that affect the story later on in the narrative will be present. The developer promises "deep conversations" and "a story that explores mature themes and presents you with complex, difficult choices to shape how your story plays out."

The Kickstarter rewards range from $25 for a digital download and a bonus in game item to a $65 which features a boxed copy, digital copy, digital soundtrack, digital manual and bonus item to some of the more extravagant and surprising popular rewards.

Obsidian apparently thought the $1.1M goal was a reach because they spent a section practically apologizing ("We are asking for more than a lot of the other Kickstarter projects and that’s because we are not only making a game, we are creating a whole new world...."), to the point at which no stretch goals have been announced. With already getting most of the funding after 1 day, it'll be interesting to see what stretch goals they implement.

The game is also significant in that this could be the first AAA title to be crowd-funded via Kickstarter. Recently, Planetary Annihilation reached a $2M stretch goal.

The developers state the game will be ready sometime in April 2014.

Comments

By djole381 (SI Elite) on Sep 15, 2012
djole381
Wow!!! $1M in just 24hrs!!! Just wow...
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 15, 2012
SirRoderick
Holy mother of Neverwinter....this could be one hell of a game.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 15, 2012
SirRoderick
The fact that they had to resort to something like this to get that game into funding saddens me, but the fact it got funded so incredibly quickly....I hope many executive palms will be meeting faces over that. People WANT a game like that.

I backed it, couldn't stop my finger from clicking those buttons.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Sep 15, 2012
BoneArc
Sooo I should take it that I SHOULD play Baldurs gate 1 and 2.... Anyone got any ideas how to make them fur for a 90s kid who is used to new generation games ? ( Oldschool rocks and I want to enjoy baldurs gate ... I tried and I didn't a lot. )
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 15, 2012
SirRoderick
I tried and didn't get very far. good game, but it didn't age well :/
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 16, 2012
JonahFalcon
Tim Schafer's project earned $6M in Kickstarter funds. How much you think this one will reach?
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Sep 16, 2012
The_Tingler
BoneArc: Well, you're in luck, since the Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate is out on Tuesday.

However, I know what you guys mean. Funny considering I'm an old-school gamer, such an RPG guy and I'm really excited for Eternity and BGEE, but I just... don't... like the isometric viewpoint (and how unfriendly the games are to begin). I know people like the tactical side of things, being able to see everything easily, but I don't value the combat in RPGs, I value the story, world and characters. Top-down viewpoints make it all too impersonal and I can't get into the world.

BGEE will be worth a look, and Planescape Torment will be worth a look since dying isn't a factor. Don't bother with Fallout though frankly - I love the world but it's utterly unforgiving in the original. You can die before you reach the first town.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Sep 16, 2012
BoneArc
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, an updated version of BioWare's classic role-playing game, has been delayed to November 30, 2012. Previously the PC version was expected to be made available on September 18, with iPad and Mac versions scheduled to show up sometime in September. All those versions are now expected to ship on Nov. 30.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Sep 16, 2012
The_Tingler
Really?! (checks) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
BoneArc
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
FoolWolf
Nice to know that my first Kickstarter was founded in under 24 hours ;)

This will be so cool to see and wait for. It is so nice to know that people pick up onm something that was loved by so many and then dropped completely off the charts :S
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
BoneArc
link Wolf , Link me that project
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
FoolWolf
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
BoneArc
nvm, You said YOUR kickstarter ... I though you had a project :D
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 19, 2012
FoolWolf
LOL - would if I could ;)