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UPDATED 3:45 PM -- Well, it's official. Thanks to the donations of 25,995 individuals, Double Fine's Kickstarter campaign has now surpassed the $1 million mark. The total currently sits at $1,001,988.
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Wow, gamers of the world! You can all give yourselves a hearty pat on the back this morning. Yesterday, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer launched a Kickstarter page seeking to raise $400,000 in crowd-sourced donations to fund a new adventure game, called Double Fine Adventure. Just over eight hours later, that goal was reached and surpassed.
There are 33 days left for more money to be raised, but with 11,735 backers and a total of $512,855 pledged at the time of this writing, it's safe to say now that Double Fine Adventure is officially a go. And it's all because fine gamers like you, the people reading this news, saw this awesome thing and opened your wallets en masse. You should be proud. Seriously.
Mere days ago, Schafer was in the news for commenting in an interview on the existence of a pitch for Psychonauts 2 that multiple publishers had passed on. Minecraft creator and Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson read this and stepped up with a tweeted offer to Schafer to make the sequel happen. The actual project is still a long way off, assuming it even happens at all, but lets all give it up for the power of social media this week. Not many studios can claim to have gotten the ball rolling on two potentially upcoming projects using Twitter and then Kickstarter.
Project backers get a number of bonuses based on how much money they pledge, including a free copy of the game, access to the beta, access to the behind-the-scenes video series from 2 Player Productions and more. The goal is to get the game out into the world by October of this year. Things certainly seem to be on pace for hitting that target, based on the response so far.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably out myself as one of Double Fine Adventure's backers at this point. Joystick journalists are gamers too and I've long been a fan of Schafer's work. This was an easy choice for me. No, I won't be reviewing the game. This will probably be the last you hear from me on it, outside of my personal Twitter feed. But I'm excited to support this effort, and I'm glad to learn this morning that so many others are as well. Good show, gaming world.