Following a week of countdown, Game developer Obsidian has revealed it is kickstarting its next game, Project Eternity. Should the company raise its goal of $1.1 million, it will produce an isometric, party-based RPG set in a new fantasy world.
Well known RPG designers Chris Avellone, Tim Cain, and Josh Sawyer will be working on the PC game that pays homage to "the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment."
It seems a bit peculiar that a well-established developer (Fallout: New Vegas was a huge game, and this is the company making the South Park RPG) would seek funding in this way, but here's how Obsidian explains it:
We have wanted to go back to our roots and create an epic PC role-playing game adventure for years. But, it's been almost impossible to get funding through traditional methods for a game like this. The great thing about Kickstarter is that we can go directly to the people who love to play RPGs as much as we love to make them. Plus, we don’t have to make compromises with a publisher. We make the development decisions, we market the game, and we don't have to answer to anyone but you – our fans.
The kickstarter has only been up for a few hours, and has already raised over $200,000, so it's well on its way to success.Check out the page for all the Project Eternity extras generous donors will receive.