UPDATE: Double Fine's Massive Chalice has successfully reached its $725,000 Kickstarter funding total in less than five days.
Donations came in at a slower rate than the record-breaking Double Fine Adventure/Broken Age Kickstarter last year, although Massive Chalice still has an impressive 23 days of fundraising left to go.
As of writing the current total stands at $734,000 and is still rising. No firm details of stretch goals were announced ahead of time.
"This Kickstarter is clean and simple," Double Fine explained in a note on the page. "We're asking for the minimum amount to make an awesome game, and the game's scope will grow based on the amount of total backing we receive."
ORIGINAL STORY: Last year Double Fine arguably ignited the Kickstarter revolution with its "Double Fine Adventure" - now called Broken Age - raising over $3.3 million. Now the fan-favourite developer is at it again with Massive Chalice, a turn-based tactics game for PC, Mac and Linux.
Helmed by Iron Brigade creator Brad Muir, Massive Chalice will span multiple generations as you train heroes to repel demons in a fantasy universe. The game will be a genre hybrid combining turn-based tactical combat with more overarching strategy fare like overseeing a kingdom, arranging marriages, and conducting research.
There will also be plenty of roguelike elements like permadeath for your warriors and you'll start each playthrough with randomised units. "Your knowledge and skill will increase over multiple playthroughs, but the details of every game will change based on your decisions and the whims of fate," noted the Kickstarter description.
While some may bemoan Double fine starting a second Kickstarter before delivering on its first one, the company noted that the Broken Age team only comprises a third of the studio, so this will be developed in parallel to that game.
Pledges of $20 will guarantee a DRM-free copy of Massive Chalice when it comes out around September 2014, while those who give $50 will receive early access to the game, behind the scenes art, a soundtrack, and a documentary on the game's creation made by 2-Player Productions, the documentarians behind the Double Fine Adventure "Making of" videos and the Minecraft movie.
Having just launched today, the Massive Chalice Kickstarter is already at $236,485 with a goal of $725,000. It has 28 days to go before its 27th June deadline.
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