When Obsidian Entertainment launched Project Eternity and raised nearly $1.4 million in pledges within just 48 hours or so, we knew we were in for something a bit special. Today, the game is well and truly funded, with a last-ditch effort seeing nearly $4 million pledged through the project's Kickstarter page, making it the most funded video game project ever hosted on the crowd-funding site.
Previously, the Double Fine Adventure held the record with $3,336,371, with Wasteland 2 picking up $2,933,252. Gaming console Ouya is still the largest games-related project, raising nearly $8.6 million, but as it's not a game...
It's also worth noting that - after Project Eternity ships and all bills have been paid, 5% of the game's profits will be reinvested into other Kickstarter projects, through Brian Fargo's Kick it Forward campaign.
Meanwhile, Project Eternity has been labelled a mockery of the crowdfunding model by some, who point out that it needed little more than a big promise and some concept art to raise more than a million dollars.
There's also some dispute over the final amount raised, and whether or not the PayPal funds will be included in the Kickstarter stretch goals - by the end, Obsidian was promising to "enhance the whole game" if $4m was reached. The Kickstarter-only fund fell a tiny $13,071 short of that goal, but when the $140k in PayPal is included...
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