Double Fine has run in to trouble with its crowdfunded title Broken Age, previously known as Double Fine Adventure, which has gone over budget and past its projected completion date.
The project launched on Kickstarter last year and raised over $3.3 million for an old-school adventure game”.
The record-breaking success of the campaign spawned a crowdfunding craze that lasted most of last year, and still has many small and independent studios – including Double Fine – taking to Kickstarter again and again for fan-funding.
But some of these projects have started to run into trouble, and Broken Age is no exception.
In a letter to backers, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer revealed that if Broken Age were to continue as currently designed, it wouldn't be finished until July of next year.
Even though we received much more money from our Kickstarter than we, or anybody anticipated, that didn't stop me from getting excited and designing a game so big that it would need even more money,” admitted Schafer.
I think I just have an idea in my head about how big an adventure game should be, so it's hard for me to design one that's much smaller than Grim Fandango or Full Throttle. There's just a certain amount of scope needed to create a complex puzzle space and to develop a real story. At least with my brain, there is.”
Schafer told fans that rather than gutting the current game design and art, Broken Age will be split into two halves, the first of which will be released in January 2014.