Double Fine Productions' crowdfunded adventure title officially has a title: "Broken Age." Previously called the "Double Fine Adventure" and known internally as codename "Reds," the point-and-click tale should be ready for you to experience sometime in the second quarter of 2013, a little over a year after it smashed fundraising records.
In February 2012, developer Tim Schafer listed the project on Kickstarter requesting $400,000 ($300,000 for the game itself and $100,000 to produce a documentary on the game's creation). At the time, that was the priciest goal to date for a Kickstarter gaming project, so everyone was surprised when it exceeded $1 million in 24 hours. Funding closed in March 2012 with 87,142 backers pledging $3,336,371 -- over eight times the target.
Between the fact that the game was somewhat of a flashpoint for game-related Kickstarter projects and that it marks Tim Schafer's first release since 1998's Grim Fandango, expectations are high for Broken Age. The title is being developed on the open source Moai engine and follows the parallel stories of a young boy in a sci-fi setting and a young girl in a fantasy realm. Broken Age's site offers a slightly more detailed explanation:
Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure telling the stories of a young boy and girl leading parallel lives. The girl has been chosen by her village to be sacrificed to a terrible monster--but she decides to fight back. Meanwhile, a boy on a spaceship is living a solitary life under the care of a motherly computer, but he wants to break free to lead adventures and do good in the world. Adventures ensue.
If you didn't lock in your copy through Kickstarter last year, it's worth noting that you can still get the same prices today via preorder. Putting up $15 gets you a DRM-free copy of the game for PC, Mac and Linux as well as beta access when the time comes. For $30, you get "backer" status, which includes access to a private discussion forum, all past and ongoing episodes of the aforementioned documentary series, as well as exclusive information about Broken Age's progress such as concept art and development updates.
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