Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Planetscape: Torment and Fallout: New Vegas are just a handful of the hit games that the developers at Obsidian Entertainment have made in the past. Now independent and ready to start taking on projects again, Obsidian has turned to Kickstarter for a new franchise that looks to be a spiritual successor to their popular Neverwinter Nights games.
After a being hit with layoffs, the company fell into a very dark spot. One of the stipulations of their contract for New Vegas was to get a MetaCritic score of at least 85, which they missed by one point, leaving them out of getting any sort of bonuses for the game. All history aside, that was sort of a messed up situation they got in.
Now Obsidian is looking at Kickstarter to fund their next title, Project Eternity, which is asking for a whopping $1.1 million goal. Only hours into the funding they are already at nearly half a million dollars!
With a very Tolkien-inspired fantasy map, the game promises to feature memorable characters, loads of exploration, Icewind Dale-inspired combat and mature fantasy writing. The combat system uses tactical real-time with a pause system (likely similar to the system used in the latest Fallout games).
But the most notable part of this Kickstart is just how popular is has become in only a few hours with otherwise so little detail about the game proper. My guess is a lot of the detail around the game will probably be revealed over the next month. Right now they are getting a lot of funding from their name recognition alone. We may have another Double Fine Adventure on our hands here.