Obsidian Working On Kickstarter Project


Posted March 28, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson

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Obsidian Layoffs Affect South Park RPG RPG-maker Obsidian is working on a Kickstarter project, apparently planning to follow the lead of Kickstarting gaming success story of Double Fine.

When asked about the project on twitter, Chris Avellone of Obsidian tweeted:

“No news yet except we’re still working on it.”

Obsidian has had some tough times lately, including a round of layoffs, but they are the developer of the upcoming South Park: The Game, and they also created the great Fallout: New Vegas and other awesome RPGs over the years, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with for Kickstarter. Although, I think Kickstarter-mania in gaming is getting a little ridiculous.

As a gamer I love Obsidian (and Double Fine for that matter) for their support of the kinds of games I enjoy playing, but it's not like they are unknown developers who need help getting funding for their first games -- they both have long track records and any number of successful titles on their resumes. Why do they need the money of gamers to get to their projects started, again?

The whole idea of Kickstarter is to crowd-source funding for niche products or people starting out, but it's getting perilously close to just a way to kickstart the work of already successful companies. I wonder why EA and Activision shouldn't use  Kickstarter for the next Call of Duty or Mass Effect.  If I were Bobby Kotick, I'd make sure and make a kickstarter before I started the next COD, because hey, free money.

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Obsidian Working On Kickstarter Project


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