Obsidian Entertainment just set a record in Kickstarter numbers through its upcoming fantasy game, Project Eternity. The company who brought us games like Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Fallout was able to raise just over $4 million of combined donations; $3.9 million through kickstarter and the rest straight through paypal. The party-based RPG title only needed about $1.1 million just to get going but would be fully enhanced with studio-quality instrumentals and in-game developer commentary if the kickstarter ever made it to $4 million, which it did.
Project Eternity’s plan is to go back to Obsidian’s roots and create something reminiscent of Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. You know, to recapture the magic and imagination of classic RPG titles. With a sword, or whatever you prefer, in one hand and the fate of your friends in the other, players will engage in tactical real-time combat and go through dungeons and deep dialogue that could potentially obliterate you and your party. Who doesn’t want that?
The whole reason for the kickstarter was that it would be difficult to obtain funding for a project like this, even though Obsidian has a pretty good track record. I guess big publishers just aren’t in to fantasy-based party games anymore. I think that’s a shame but then again, that’s why we have kickstarter.
Project Eternity doesn’t really have a solid release date yet, but it’ll launch on PC and it’s said to be sometime around Q1 2014.