The lights are on
The studio behind one of the most anticipated Kickstarter-funded games out there just opened another project for backing: Massive Chalice, a tactical fantasy strategy game for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Double Fine’s Brad Muir, creator of Iron Brigade, is heading the project, and envisions it as somewhere between XCOM and Final Fantasy Tactics. Massive Chalice takes place across multiple generations, as the player takes on the role of an immortal king or queen who must nurture heroic bloodlines to defend the land from evil.
One tough choice players face over the years in Massive Chalice is whether to keep their heroes adventuring out in the world, or to retire them to raise children who grow up and defend the realm after their parents pass on.
While heroes inevitably fall, and their deaths are permanent, they leave behind relics that contain some of their power that can be used by other members of their bloodline to boost their own capabilities.
Massive Chalice is built for replayability. Double Fine is borrowing concepts from the roguelike genre, where content is “modular and randomized.” Not only are the challenges facing your kingdom different from game to game, but the heroes available to you are randomized as well – and how they marry and reproduce is up to you as well.
Double Fine has set a $725,000 funding goal for Massive Chalice. As of this writing, over $50,000 had already been pledged within minutes of the Kickstarter campaign’s unveiling. The company hasn’t set any stretch goals yet, but promises to grow the game’s scope if and when more money than the original goal comes in.
For more on Double Fine’s other hotly anticipated Kickstarter, the adventure game Broken Age, check out Tim Turi’s massive preview of the title.
This sounds like a great idea. Nothing more heart-pounding than breeding the strongest of humans on my quest to randomized galactic domination! I would gladly bid twenty bucks to this game, but alas, I still must wait six months until I am of age. I wonder if this game will run on crappy laptops...
Huh... this seems like a strange move. They aren't even finished with their other game, and that one's running out of funds....
I love XCOM, I love FF Tactics, and I love Double Fine. Backed.
Looks awesome, maybe I'll back this...
You've got to give it up to Double Fine, they are certainly ambitious; to say that I am not intrigued by the concept would be a flat out lie. As for the alleged "overuse" of Kickstarter, you should place blame on the publishers and not the developers. If publishers were a little more open-minded, studios such as Double Fine wouldn't need to resort to crowd-funding to release games that are seemingly off the beaten path. (To play Devil's Advocate, it is only because of publishers that games are being released as frequently as they are.)
More Double Fine is always...doubly fine.
So they have a point and click adventure...and a tactics game..My god Double Fine..you people are doing everything I despretly want..