Planescape Kickstarter being considered by Obsidian dev

Obsidian's Chris Avellone talks about the possibility of a Planescape Kickstarter, how he'd do the project differently, and how Kickstarter projects in general might be running out of steam.

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Many designers have flocked to Kickstarter in an attempt to revive old gaming franchises. Obsidian's Chris Avellone, lead designer of Planescape: Torment, is interested in creating a "spiritual successor" to the the series.

His game would "ignore the D&D mechanics and respect what Planescape was trying to do and what the game did and see if you can do what Fallout did when it became the spiritual successor to Wasteland."

"With Torment, I'd argue that the D&D base actually, in places, got in the way of the experience," Avellone told GI.biz. "It was a lot harder to make a game with those ideas in it than with D&D mechanics. So much that we had to break a lot of them."

Avellone admits that he's "very tempted" to send the project to Kickstarter. However, he understands the challenges associated with crowd-funding. "I think people already are getting tired of hearing about it. People are also running out of money for it."

While Avellone mulls over the possibility of creating the game, he's not the only one interested in reviving the series. Beamdog has also expressed interest in reviving Torment.

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    July 25, 2012 10:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Planescape Kickstarter being considered by Obsidian dev.

    Obsidian's Chris Avellone talks about the possibility of a Planescape Kickstarter, how he'd do the project differently, and how Kickstarter projects in general might be running out of steam.

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      July 25, 2012 10:41 AM

      Do want. If anyone can bring back the feeling of Planescape: Torment, it's Obsidian.. I can't think of any better storytellers in the industry, now that Bioware's gone off the deep end.

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      July 25, 2012 10:44 AM

      Interesting points, and good observations. I think he has a pretty small window if he really wants to get this off the ground via kickstarter; he might have already missed his chance.

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      July 25, 2012 12:16 PM

      I'd back it. Now you just need 9,999 more, Chris.

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      July 25, 2012 12:26 PM

      Please let this happen.

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      July 25, 2012 12:28 PM

      So then it's not really a Planescape kickstarter is it? I'd prefer a spiritual sequel anyway.

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      July 25, 2012 12:36 PM

      Shut up and take my money!

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      July 25, 2012 12:40 PM

      Drool

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      July 25, 2012 1:12 PM

      WHERE'S THE KICKSTARTER LINK?

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      July 25, 2012 2:08 PM

      Oh god, please yes! Of all the Kickstarter projects, this is the one I've hoped for the most. I'm pretty sure there'd be a ton of support for it.