Obsidian's Project Eternity hits $2 million

Fallout developer's crowd-funding campaign for isometric PC role-playing game reaches new donation milestone with 20 days remaining; three new modes added.

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Independent developer Obsidian Entertainment has now raised over $2 million through Kickstarter for its isometric, party-based PC role-playing game. The funding milestone was reached today, and stands at $2,018,796 from 47,094 backers as of press time.

$2 million and counting with 20 days to go.

Now that the campaign has banked $2 million, Obsidian will add three new modes to Project Eternity: Expert, Trial of Iron, and Path of the Damned. The game's Expert mode will disable all ease-of-use gameplay elements and will ratchet up difficulty to be more punitive and demanding.

Trial of Iron mode for Project Eternity makes it so players have just one save game. If players die, the save game is deleted and gamers must begin anew. Lastly, the Path of the Damned mode enables all enemies from all difficulty levels and "amplifies" the combat to make battles "much more brutal."

The Kickstarter campaign launched September 14 and hit its original $1.1 million funding target in 24 hours. It closes October 16 at 9 p.m. EDT.

Project Eternity (working title) is tentatively scheduled to launch during 2014. It is one of at least three projects that Obsidian is working on. The developer is readying multiplatform role-playing game South Park: The Stick of Truth for launch during March 2013, and is also behind a project based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy series.

Discussion

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Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Its currently at 2.15 million and counting, just short of 50K in backers and still has 15 days to go.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I'm glad the donations and implicit consumer demand echo my sentiments.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

"Now that the campaign has banked $2 million, Obsidian will add three new modes to Project Eternity:"

 

Eddie have you even fucking READ their Kickstarter page or stretch goals you worthless hack? Those game modes are going to be added once 2.3 million is hit.. I realise that clicking a link and doing some reading is a LOT of hard work and eats into your valuable copy+paste article plagiarism time but you're supposed to be a fucking reporter so CHECK YOUR FUCKING FACTS. "At $2.3M, we've got 'em all and they can all be turned on at the same time... Ouch! Also, Godlike races come at this level." Took me all of 3 seconds to pull that.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Ha, we are getting more info about a game that is barely even in development. Means I need to stay away to avoid finding everything there is to know about it  before I play it.

Jarten
Jarten

I'm interested. Although I want to see some gameplay footage before I'm hooked and buying preorder.

farcorners
farcorners

I'm keenly watching this story unfold

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glez13
glez13

Obsidian does good games. But the bugs and glitches...

mdboomer
mdboomer

Glad to see its doing well and I can't wait until it comes out.

makryu
makryu

It would be nice if the author actually read the update of Obsidian before writing the news. The 3 modes come only at 2.3mi

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

This reminds me that I have to set time aside to play PC classics such as Baldur's Gate 1-2 and Icewind Dale.  I really got into PC gaming just a couple of years ago and feel I have to play those legendary titles.  I was able to beat the original Fallout not long ago when I signed up for GOG so I'm up to the challenge.  Project Eternity could be an incredible thing.

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

 @emperiox  Fortunately, you have no real opinionated grounds to stand on to back up that statement. This game isn't even out of the funding stage, yet here you are, proclaiming that a long established franchise is superior to a game that's still in development stages.

 

I mean come on man.

 

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Needs to be given more money. This and Wasteland 2 are easily my most wanted games at this point.

emperiox
emperiox

Runescape is like a million times better than Project Eternity...

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

 

Good. Now let’s see if the bugs really were the publishers fault ;)

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

BTW, Obsidian members are helping with the development of Wasteland 2. Can't wait for both games.

atopp399
atopp399

So which publisher gets to publish this game that the public is funding?

SolidTy
SolidTy

I hope the game kicks ass. I know it will be good, but I want it to be amazing. :P

 

Less Bugs also, big plus.

ggregd
ggregd

I think the update is saying they're going to add these three modes if they reach 2.3 million.

evil-zodiark
evil-zodiark

Easly My most anticipated game in the coming years :)

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

Jeez Obsidian O.o

I think I'm legitimately afraid of these modes now X.X

But at the same time so excited :D

Darth_Kane
Darth_Kane

Reach $5M and you'll get the game without billions of bugs!

Reach $10M and you'll get the game with one or two lines of voice acting!

Reach $20M and you'll get the game in ONLY 5 years!

norolim
norolim

RPG fans that didn't back that project yet should be ashamed of themselves. ;)

gutsallover
gutsallover

Really looking forward to this game, but most of the stretch goals have been really lackluster. New races, regions, quests, companions, and classes? That's great and all, but it's only significant if we have some context. Give us an idea of what we were originally going to get, then show us where the game will go with the stretch goals. Telling me that there is going to be a new region when I have no idea what the original regions are has no affect on me. I really hope that they implement some great unique races to play. Dwarves and elves are such an easy fallback for anyone making a fantasy game, and they've really been done to death. Give me some interesting bestial races rather than humans with pointy ears who like to molest forest creatures, humans who are short and stocky and like to get drunk, humans who are half-sized, etc.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

 @Jarten Its way to earlier to see any gameplay most of the stuff there showing/saying is concept work but I have to say it does look like good concept work. 

Steba93
Steba93

 @glez13 I agree, bugs and glitches are always a problem, but now they're not working for anyone, they're making an indie game. There's no Bethesda or anyone to pressure them to finish the game for exactly this and this date and then just apply patches later. They can polish it all they want so I bet this'll be one of the best games Obsidian has done

snxx
snxx

 @SciFiCat By all means, try Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 and also the (IMHO) best game using the old Infinity Engine (which I also consider the best RPG I ever played - and I started playing RPGs with Phantasy Star for Master System :P): Planescape: Torment. I'd also suggest Jade Empire and Knights of the Old Republic. Now, about the Icewind Dale games, yes, they were pretty good, but they were also somewthat of "light" versions of Baldur's Gate: same graphics, same mechanics, same engine, same gameplay, but a stripped down story and a focus on combats. I'd say you're not missing much by not playing Icewind Dale games IF you play Buldur's Gate and Torment.

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

 

You misread that article. The offer was made but they never took the bait. Who can blame them?

Stiler
Stiler

 @atopp399 None, that's the point. They are self funded and will be able to make the game without any publisher involvement telling them when it must be done, what it must be, what can and can't be included.

 

You can help fund it (and the get the game) through kickstarter or wait til it's released and buy it on GoG (DRM free) or Steam and other places.

 

 

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

 @Darth_Kane The fact that you even mentioned voice acting proves you're not playing these kinds of RPGs for the right reasons anyway.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

 @norolim I guess you'll be ashamed of me.  Sorry, I just don't believe in backing big publishers like Obsidian.  I love their rpgs but "to me" kickstarter is more about backing the little guys who really need it.  I won't be jumping on the bandwagon on this one. 

Golden_Gonads
Golden_Gonads

 @gutsallover

 Hunt down the instruction manual for Arcanum, and read the entries for Dwarves & Elves, then tell me that said species are lackluster or just a fallback.

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

 @gutsallover They can't go into that much detail because they don't HAVE that much detail, or the details they do have are tentative.

 

Drunk dwarves and whimsical elves sell because they're familiar. They don't need to add a codex entry explaining why dwarves like gems. They just do, and we all know it.

 

You speak of recycling tropes...do you say the same thing about the Call of Duty games, which feature only ONE race? How many games can you think of where entire worlds are built from scratch, and every race is a unique snowflake that shares no resemblance to humanity, dwarves, or elves?

 

What matters is the storytelling. We're dealing with people very capable of telling a good story regardless of race.

BuBsay
BuBsay

 @gutsallover Have you been reading the Project Eternity updates you get via email (if you've donated that is). They explain a good deal of the backstory of the world through there.

 

If I'm not mistaken the last email talked about the importance of souls and reincarnation in the universe, and that was the 8th update they've sent out so far.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

 @Steba93  @glez13  I think its Bethesda is the one responsible for alot of the bugs. I honestly staying away from all the games with there name on it anymore. Been screwed to many times.

the_hunger
the_hunger

One thing is for sure. If the game is as buggy and/or incomplete as past Obsidian games, they won't be able to blame it on the publisher's deadlines as they usually do. 

 

I consider this a do-or-die project for Obsidian.  No more excuses this time.

lexyz1992
lexyz1992

 @bassist94  @emperiox Dont you worry Bassist, he is just a troll who comments in every article about "Runescape > x", its better if you just ignore him an continue with your happy fruitful life.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

 @Deadly_Nemesis Only because the publishers wanted Obsidian to keep the kick starter going so they wouldn't have to front a financial investment which is the whole point of a publisher in the first place.

BigFeef
BigFeef

 @The_Last_Paladi  @norolim You should be ashamed of yourself...

 

Obsidian is not a 'big publisher'; they're not even a publisher. They are developers: you know, the people that actually do the hard work to make the game; not the guys who just sit back and count money and take most of the credit and profits when the game's a success and dumps all the blame on the developer when it doesn't.

Kaeniar
Kaeniar

 @Roots_Of_Rhythm  @gutsallover Please, for gods sake, stop using COD as the worst-game-example. I mean, I don't like it either, but this gets kind of overused...

Also, you have to look at it from another angle! We're dealing with an RPG over here, no Multiplayer FPS!

pariah23
pariah23

I've been playing CRPGs since 1980 and I'll take Planescape: Torment style voice acting (first line voiced, rest you read) over anything that came before or after that.

 

Thankfully, it sounds like that's the style of VA that Eternity will have too.

BigFeef
BigFeef

 @Darth_Kane  @Roots_Of_Rhythm I wonder what you did back in the hey-day of CRPGs when there was no voice-acting and you actually to *gasp* read text! Oh roit... not enough 'immersion' for you.

mlcarter815
mlcarter815

 @Roots_Of_Rhythm  Yes, compare a modern military shooter to a fantasy game. Fantasy is all about creating new fantastical lands with new fantastical creatures.

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

 @Kaeniar  @gutsallover I like Call of Duty, actually. I was just making the point that a game doesn't need to reinvent the wheel in order to be creative.