Very clever, Double Fine, very clever indeed.

21 Nov
November 21, 2012

You guys should check out what Double Fine are doing with the Humble Bundle right now. It’s both very cool and very clever, in my opinion.

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I won’t lie, I’m feeling a little bit burned out on Kickstarter, though the fact that I don’t have an income and I’m nearing the end of my funds may play a role there. Still, I think this is the kind of clever engagement with crowd funding that will make it an long-term phenomenon rather than just a flash-in-the-pan gold rush.

This kind of thing won’t work for every developer, but if you’ve got an engaged fanbase this is a good way to get early feedback, help cover the costs of letting your team pursue wild ideas instead of what will definitely make money, and give your fans a greater feeling of participation.

And I like the idea of letting fans help you buy funding smaller chunks of the development. You mitigate risk and get feedback a lot sooner. I could see myself, for example, coming up with a combat system prototype for an RPG, crowd funding that into a full-fledged, polished experience, then building on that solid base to create a full RPG experience. The Stoic guys are already doing this, with Banner Saga : Factions.

Interesting times indeed.

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