Obsidian launches Project Eternity Kickstarter
posted on 09.14.12 at 04:40 PM EST by (@salromano)
Classic fantasy role-playing game for PC.

Obsidian Entertainment’s countdown launched earlier this week has turned out to be a Kickstarter project for Project Eternity, a new fantasy role-playing game for PC that pays respect to “the great Infinity Engine games of years past,” including Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. The game aims to “recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia” of classic RPGs.

How? It will take the “central hero, memorable companions, and the epic exploration” of Baldur’s Gate, the “fun, intense combat and dungeon diving” of Icewind Dale, and the “emotional writing and mature thematic exploration” of Planescape: Torment, and tie it all into one project.

If it sounds likesomething you’d be interested in, do visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support. If the project reaches its goal of $1.1 million, it will see release. It is currently at $373,000.

  • DarthBrian

    I pledged $20 even before I watched the video. :p

  • hush404

    I would like to see it… but I’ve give so much to projects on kickstarter now… I gotta slow that process. :P

  • Talbot

    Yes, yes, yes. And yes.

    Take my money, guys. Just not too much money, sadly, because I’m not swimming in the stuff.

    Hell yes to more classic computer RPGs in an age when publishers would normally run for the hills at the prospect of something that’s not a popular, established IP, a cinematic, big-budget blockbuster action game, or an FPS.

    And with how much has been pledged so far and the number of backers, that speaks for itself.

  • xMCXx

    Sorry, if this is a dumb question, but why do companies like Obsidian use Kickstarter?
    Couldn’t they do this alone?

    • Michael Garling

      Not a game like this, no – as they state on the page, they need creative freedom to put a game like this together, and publishers just don’t see old Infinity Engine-style CRPGs as viable anymore, so they would never get the backing they need.

      Even then, most of Obsidian’s previous games have been hampered by studio interference anyway – Alpha Protocol, Dungeon Siege III, Neverwinter Nights 2 were all beaten to a pulp by publisher demands, and Knights of the Old Republic II was going to be so much more, but the publisher forced them into a no-win situation with the release date.  New Vegas fortunately was quite as brutalised, creatively, but on a technical level it was forced out the door by Bethesda, and it took Obsidian almost a year to patch the thing up to speed.Kickstarter gives them a chance to make the exact game they (and many of their oldschool fans) want them to make, and for them to do it in a more reasonable timeframe.

      So for those of us who were crazy about the Baldur’s Gates, the Icewind Dales, Planescape, the Fallouts, Arcanum, etc., this is a pretty landmark day.

      • xMCXx

        Thanks for the insight. ^^
        And they already got almost a million together! Impressive.

  • Michael Garling

    Avellone, Cain and Sawyer return home, and it shall be glorious.  Waiting for the PayPal option to open, then I’ll drop $35 pretty much instantly.

    With both this, and The Banner Saga, plus hopefully Wasteland 2, the next three years will be pretty special for us oldschool RPG fans.

  • Acidicsam

    GAH! I’m inbetween jobs right now…

    As soon as I get some income, I’m going to be throwing [a reasonable amount of] my money straight out of the bank into this.