Double Fine launches Kickstarter for Massive Chalice

After its successful push to fund Broken Age, Double Fine has gone back to the crowdfunding well again, launching another Kickstarter campaign to fund a new turn-based tactics title set in a feudal fantasy world called Massive Chalice. The goal is $725,000.

"We love tactical strategy games, roguelikes, and the idea of powerful Game of Thrones-style royal dynasties," said project lead Brad Muir, who also headed development of Iron Brigade for Double Fine. "Massive Chalice brings all of that together in a unique Double Fine package."

The game will put the player in the role of an immortal king or queen that tries to build a dynasty for its kingdom. Players oversee their kingdom, "arrange royal marriages, conduct research, and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy," according to the Kickstarter page. Also, "you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customizable heroes."

Double Fine promises a DRM-free game, with Steam copies for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If the campaign is successful--it already had more than $100,000 in the first hour--the game will launch in late 2014.

The new campaign comes before Broken Age--previously Double Fine Adventure--has launched. The move is not unprecedented, as inXile Entertainment did the same, first with the yet-to-be-released Wasteland 2, then Torment: Tides of Numenera.