Double Fine launches Kickstarter for Massive Chalice
by John Keefer, shacknews.com, May 30, 2013 11:05AM PDT
After its successful push to fund Broken Age, Double Fine has gone back to the crowdfunding well again, launching another Kickstarter campaign to fund a new turn-based tactics title set in a feudal fantasy world called Massive Chalice. The goal is $725,000.
"We love tactical strategy games, roguelikes, and the idea of powerful Game of Thrones-style royal dynasties," said project lead Brad Muir, who also headed development of Iron Brigade for Double Fine. "Massive Chalice brings all of that together in a unique Double Fine package."
The game will put the player in the role of an immortal king or queen that tries to build a dynasty for its kingdom. Players oversee their kingdom, "arrange royal marriages, conduct research, and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy," according to the Kickstarter page. Also, "you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customizable heroes."
Double Fine promises a DRM-free game, with Steam copies for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If the campaign is successful--it already had more than $100,000 in the first hour--the game will launch in late 2014.
The new campaign comes before Broken Age--previously Double Fine Adventure--has launched. The move is not unprecedented, as inXile Entertainment did the same, first with the yet-to-be-released Wasteland 2, then Torment: Tides of Numenera.