UPDATE: The donation page is still up with 28 days left and the money keeps coming! Double Fine, as of 2:30 on Valentines Day, was up to $1,765,932 from 51,185 different donators! WOW! So far, there hasn’t been any word as to whether the fund raiser will continue for the remaining 28 days. Regardless, they better be making the greatest adventure game ever!
Using the viral buzz as leverage, Schafer yesterday tweeted that his chat with Notch probably wouldn’t bring any big news related to Psychonauts yet (or PsychoNotch, as the Swedish Meatball is insisting it be called), but that he’d be announcing something big shortly. About an hour later he tweeted:
Announcement! Double Fine and 2 Player Productions will use Kickstarter to fund an Adventure Game + documentary! Whoa.
Schafer decided to go with Kickstarter to solicit donations for his newest, secret adventure game that Double Fine is working on. He gave himself a measly goal of $400,000 within 30 days.
Boy, was he surprised when just after eight hours the goal had been made and by this morning at 11:15am PST, the project was up to $795,104 from over 19,000 donators and still going! That is amazing!
For all the heat video games get for ruining the brains of the world’s youth, I think this goes to show that this is not the case at all. There are 19,000 people out there who think what Double Fine is doing is an important thing that they want to be a part of. The company’s games aren’t only beautiful, but they are fun and challenging at the same time. Psychonauts is unlike any game I’ve ever played. It deletes the “tutorial” beginning of the game and introduces you to challenges that increase in difficulty in order to up your skill to advance.
I am very excited for this hush-hush game because I have no doubt that they are going to go above and beyond to make it awesome for the supporters. Would you expect anything less from them?