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.
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.