Project Eternity from Obsidian Entertainment, which is composed of a lot of folks that helped make Black Isle Studios the role-playing video game powerhouse that it once was, is about as close as we're ever going to get to a new role-playing game using the Infinity Engine -- the backbone of games like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale. That's more or less how the successful Kickstarter campaign was initially pitched, and now they've put out a video full of in-game footage that certainly seems to prove their claim.
Ladies and gentlemen, Obsidian Entertainment's new fantasy role-playing game franchise is now officially the most funded video game on Kickstarter. As of writing, Project Eternity has eight hours left to go and has raised an impressive $3,568,295. That's not even counting the money they've been given via PayPal in addition to the normal Kickstarter method. Their current official total puts them a few hundred thousand above the previous record-holder, Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure.
The whole point of Kickstarter, and crowdfunding in general, is to avoid the typical pitfalls associated with dealing with publishers and similar lending institutions. For video games, being funded by a publisher often means that said publisher actually owns the rights to your games, among other unfortunate side effects. So, a publisher attempting to manipulate a developer into launching a Kickstarter only to have all the unfortunate side effects attached is just about the worst thing, and exactly what Obsidian Entertainment is claiming happened to them.
Obsidian Entertainment, the company composed of industry veterans behind games like Fallout and Planescape: Torment, has been teasing that something's coming down the pipe for a few days now. Finally, we know: They're
bringing the band back togethermaking a brand new isometric fantasy role-playing game for PC called Project Eternity. They need the help of their fans, however, as they're ditching the publisher model and hitting up Kickstarter.