As 2012 winds down, it’s evident that the most hyped video games in the world weren’t those that actually came out this year, or even those that were announced for the future by major publishers. The most hyped games in the world are those due out in 2013 and beyond that were funded by fans themselves on Kickstarter. InXile’s Wasteland 2, Camouflaj’s Republique, Leisure Suit Larry, the Double Fine Adventure; gamers’ raised tens of millions of dollars for these projects. The biggest success story of them all, though, is turning out to be Obsidian’s Project Eternity.
As of this writing, with hours to go before the campaign closes, Project Eternity has raised just under $3.7 million dollars, making it the most funded video game in Kickstarter history. The previous record holder was Double Fine’s still unnamed adventure game that raised $3.3 million at the beginning of the year.
Obsidian’s original goal was to raise just $1.1 million for its new role-playing game.
The developer’s past games, major success like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, were hampered by rushed development cycles. Now that Obsidian won’t be beholden to a publisher’s schedule, it will be interesting to see what kind of polished product they release.