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Obsidian working on Kickstarter project

Wednesday, 28th March 2012 07:22 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Obsidian is indeed working on a Kickstarter project, popular studio figure Chris Avellone has confirmed in a tweet.

When asked about the potentiality of the project, Avellone said in the tweet: “No news yet except we’re still working on it.”

Obsidian’s been going through a rough patch as of late since its last release, Dungeon Siege III last May, A next-gen project from the studio, codenamed Project Virginia, was recently canned. It was thought it would be published by Microsoft.

It was also revealed it never got a MetaCritic-related bonus for Fallout: New Vegas from Bethesda due to missing out on the 85 target by one point.

Besides those, the studio is currently working on South Park: The Game for THQ and South Park Studios.

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12 Comments

  1. unacomn

    I hope this means they’ll do a thorough beta so we can have an awesome game with no bugs and problems, or at least as few of them as possible.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. minxamo

    How far is this kickstarter thing going to go?
    The DF adventure I can understand, Wasteland likewise, but this is a bit much…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. jnms

    minxamo – Crowd Source funding is the future. Kickstarter is just one element of all this. There are plenty of movies being made now via this method, a quick Google search will reveal this.

    People have finally realised this method works.

    And it’s about time. Let’s cut the investors and banks out of the equation!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    @1, $10,000 reward tier “your copy of the game will ship without any bugs, everyone else will wait 3 months for us to patch it to playability”

    #4 3 years ago
  5. mtnman3888

    @ I can definitely see this getting out of hand with constant kickstarter projects, but I don’t necessarily see a problem with it. If the fans want it then it is a good avenue for fans to get the project off the ground. Just waiting for the day where the kickstarter funds go to waste and no game is released, unfortunately it is bound to happen eventually.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Freek

    A little reality check to your wonderfull world without publishers or bankers:

    http://www.giantbomb.com/news/on-kickstarter-there-are-no-guarantees/4055/

    Short version: nothing really changes and without an established name gamers are just as risk averse as publishers.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Aimless

    @6 On the other hand, Auditorium 2: Duet has now reached its funding goal, likely helped by that very article. I’d say the issue is more one of exposure than gamers being risk averse.

    Kickstarter isn’t a well of free money, nor is it suitable for every game project, but it is another avenue for developers to explore that they otherwise wouldn’t have. It not being an all-encompassing ultimate solution to game funding doesn’t devalue its actual function.

    Anyway, the things I like about Obsidian’s games — the writing and player choice, namely — would probably benefit from not being tied to a multi-million dollar production, so I’m certainly interested to see details on this.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    The good news about this is that it says they are still working on the south park game, i was very concern with the possibility of the cancelation of this game, at least it gives some hope.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    PlanESCAPE (from) Bankruptcy

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Sorry but they just arent good at their jobs and you only need to look at their games to see this. Giving these guys your money would either result in nothing, or you’d get another botch job of a game.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Sini

    huh? New Vegas was so much better than Fallout 3, and AP had a great narrative and choices. Worse thing about those games were bugs, but that’s more publisher than developer responsibility.

    As for kickstarter, I hope they’re making fantasy theme rpg, wasteland already got apocalyptic covered. And the first thing in their video better be Avellone admitting “they” made him say planescape had too much text to read.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

    Honestly, even Obsidian isn’t trying to defend Obsidian at this point. They’ve pretty much had a new publisher for every release they’ve done, and for the most part, they’ve been broken as hell.

    We can all agree that a developer of buggy games partnering with a publisher of buggy games like Bethesda is the perfect storm, but it’s far beyond coincidence at this point.

    We can all agree that Obsidian spin a good yarn, but they absolutely suck at engineering their games.

    #12 3 years ago

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