Obsidian announces Project Eternity as new Kickstarter

After four days of teases and speculation, Obsidian Entertainment has unveiled Project Eternity as its newest RPG in development. It is looking for $1.1 million for a game that pays homage to the old Infinity Engine games we loved from the Black Isle days.

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After four days of teases and speculation, Obsidian Entertainment has unveiled Project Eternity as its newest RPG in development. It is looking for $1.1 million on Kickstarter for a game that pays homage to the old Infinity Engine games we loved from the days of Black Isle Studios.

The Kickstarter page for the game (which is using Project Eternity as a working title) says the dev team hopes to "recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPGs that we enjoyed making -- and playing." Obsidian boasts many of the same Black Isle members that created such games as Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, including Feargus Urquhart Josh Sawyer, and Chris Avellone. They also have Tim Cain, who worked on Fallout, Arcanum and Temple of Elemental Evil.

For more details check out the video below. The game has already collected more than $85,000 in the short time it has been live.

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    September 14, 2012 10:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Obsidian announces Project Eternity as new Kickstarter.

    After four days of teases and speculation, Obsidian Entertainment has unveiled Project Eternity as its newest RPG in development. It is looking for $1.1 million for a game that pays homage to the old Infinity Engine games we loved from the Black Isle days.

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      September 14, 2012 10:32 AM

      I was going to eat this month, but, TAKE MY MONEY.

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      September 14, 2012 10:42 AM

      Already pledged.

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      September 14, 2012 10:48 AM

      $85,000 already. Gotta love the retro kick.

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        September 14, 2012 11:20 AM

        The kicktraq trend is pretty lol worthy at the current rate. ALL THE MONIES: http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity/

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          September 14, 2012 11:47 AM

          They could easily hit their goal in less than a week.

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            September 14, 2012 12:12 PM

            8 million dollars projected now.

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            September 14, 2012 12:17 PM

            I wouldn't be surprised if they hit it in less than 24 hours.

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              September 14, 2012 12:25 PM

              The way it's going right now, it's possible. I think they are still in the stage where the word is spreading so it will probably keep accelerating for the rest of today until it slows down in a couple days. Impressive.

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      September 14, 2012 11:05 AM

      As much as I love the idea, I dunno how I feel anymore about giving my money to a game that will be in production for 2+ years

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        September 14, 2012 11:21 AM

        You must pirate a lot of games then?

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          September 14, 2012 11:30 AM

          Uh, what? I pirate 0 games. What I am saying is that I'm not a fan of the idea of giving my money to a game and not see a return for two years, not matter how small the amount. I rather wait until I see an alpha, beta, something real, some previews, gameplay, etc...

        • Ebu legacy 10 years
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          September 14, 2012 12:51 PM

          What. What is this? What are you doing with *waves hands around vaguely* this?

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            September 14, 2012 12:54 PM

            Just seems like we see this post in every thread about kickstarter.

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              September 14, 2012 12:55 PM

              Which has nothing to do with your comment accusing him of being a pirate because he doesn't want to throw money down a 2-year long tunnel.

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                September 14, 2012 1:01 PM

                HIs statement was vague and open to interpretation, I was taking an extreme position. You're free to white knight for your kickstarter embargo buddy though.

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                  September 14, 2012 1:18 PM

                  Calm down dude, I'm just saying personally I don't think it's worth it to contribute to an idea of a game that will be released in two years, I rather see progress and gameplay. Personal preference... no need to get anal about pirating games, which makes no sense whatsoever in this case. I'm not saying you shouldn't or taking shit about the game or backers.

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                    September 14, 2012 3:10 PM

                    I feel the same way, but I think I'm going to break the mold here. $20 can get you the game and losing $20 if it fails horribly isn't much of a big deal for me. Besides, this is obsidian, while buggy, I have liked all their games, even back when many of them were at black isle.

                    They've put out many good games over the years with lots of great memories and fun. $20 to make one more (buggy) game isn't going to break my bank.

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                      September 14, 2012 3:45 PM

                      I hear ya. I know they will succeed and I'll definitely be watching this with high anticipation, but I can wait two years to pay.

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                  September 14, 2012 1:49 PM

                  But your "extreme position" had nothing whatsoever to do with his post. Nothing!
                  He says he doesn't want to pre-fund games on a promise that doesn't mature for years, you accuse him of...pirating? What?
                  Does he owe the dev for entertaining the idea of playing that game?

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          September 14, 2012 2:09 PM

          lol what

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        September 14, 2012 12:54 PM

        100% agreed.
        I'm glad that Kickstarter is allowing games to make it which would otherwise flounder without funding, many of them games I want to play, but I'm not really down with buying something years before I get it. That is just insane.

        The ones that look awesome I'll buy when they're actually available. Grim Dawn, that TA in Space game, some other one I remember seeing...roguelike Zelda maybe?

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      September 14, 2012 11:11 AM

      Just backed it!

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      September 14, 2012 11:24 AM

      Pledged. Thank god for kickstarter allowing devs to go back to making the games I want to actually play. Project Eternity, FTL, Shadowrun returns, Wasteland 2, Banner Saga... even if only a few of these turn out well, I'll be happy.

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      September 14, 2012 11:37 AM

      Obsidian will be 100% redeemed in my eyes if they pull this off.

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        September 14, 2012 3:15 PM

        Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.

        Sounds really really ambitious.

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      September 14, 2012 11:37 AM

      This isn't Alpha Protocol 2 :(

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      September 14, 2012 11:39 AM

      For just 200k less you can back David Crane and get a new crappy looking pitfal game!
      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jungleventure/david-cranes-jungle-adventure-0?ref=live

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        September 14, 2012 11:50 AM

        haha ouch :( That kickstarter flopped hard.

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        September 16, 2012 8:39 AM

        Oh dear, that was terrible. Just goes to show you need back up your project with some sort of credentials to have any chance of success.

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      September 14, 2012 11:48 AM

      Yup, I'm in. This sounds awesome. Thanks to Kickstarter I no longer just have backlog in the present I have pre-logged backlog already mapped out for the future. Hopefully I'm able to finish Shadowrun and Wasteland 2 by the time this game comes out?

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        September 14, 2012 11:53 AM

        lol @ "pre-logged backlog". So true :(

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        September 14, 2012 11:53 AM

        Holy crap, they are already above 200K! That's insane!

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      September 14, 2012 11:50 AM

      Backed.

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      September 14, 2012 11:51 AM

      lol, backed it at the $140 level

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      September 14, 2012 12:07 PM

      Holy shit! This is crazy.

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        September 14, 2012 1:07 PM

        But there's a link so back them maybe.

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      September 14, 2012 12:41 PM

      They're basically showing nothing but a teaser image, a logo and a snippet of soundtrack. I like what they're saying, but you'd think they could have come up with a bit more than that to get people interested. I mean, hell, just some concept art?

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      September 14, 2012 1:53 PM

      In the span of an hour, it sold 1000 early bird copies.

      Yeah, it's getting made. Start working now.

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      September 14, 2012 2:28 PM

      Wow I just saw it shoot up 200K in an hour

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      September 14, 2012 3:14 PM

      wow already at $472,558

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      September 14, 2012 11:11 PM

      I'm new to Kickstart. Are these projects asking for free money, or investments which will be paid back, if the projects are successful?

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        September 14, 2012 11:17 PM

        It's a donation system. There are rewards offered as incentives to donate, but there are no safeguards in place to guarantee anything. If a project fails, the money has probably been spent so there's nothing to pay back.

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        September 14, 2012 11:24 PM

        Basically the company asks for donations and gives you rewards based on what you donate. Usually the finished version of the game is part of the reward, unless the donation is very small.

        If they don't meet their goal, you don't lose the money you offered to donate. If they meet their goal, you are charged the money you offered, and (hopefully) when the game is finished, you get the rewards promised for how much you donated.

        There is some risk still, though. They may never actually make the game despite meeting their kickstarter goal. With a big company like Obsidian, I'm sure they'll follow through with their promises.

        also, I'm drunk so forgive me for any mistakes in this post.

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          September 14, 2012 11:30 PM

          Okay, cool. I donated $20. Hope they make a good game.

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      September 14, 2012 11:54 PM

      Easiest 35$ I've ever spent

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      September 15, 2012 12:32 AM

      Holy sh*t, it's already at $786,300 !

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        September 15, 2012 2:31 AM

        840k now. This is going to make BANK, great news.

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