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Obsidian's Project Eternity most funded video game ever on Kickstarter

UPDATE: Kickstarter ends at just under $4 million.

Update: The Project Eternity Kickstarter has ended at a whopping $3,986,929, easily shattering any videogame record in Kickstarter history.

With PayPal donations - around $140,000 according to Obsidian's Twitter account - the grand total surpassed $4 million. That means the final stretch goal - "enhance the whole game" - was reached.

Obsidian's original goal had been $1.1 million.

Original story: Obsidian's Project Eternity - a spiritual successor to the Planescapes, Baldur's Gates and Icewind Dales of old - has raised more money than any other video game on Kickstarter.

With 17 hours to go the total stands at around $3.4 million (while I was writing this, ~$3000 was donated). Kickstarters usually start and finish strongly - can Obsidian get anywhere near $4 million?

The game's first screenshot.

Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure previously held the record having raised $3,336,371. Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 raised $2,933,252. (Android console Ouya is still way ahead with $8,596,474 raised, but it's not a video game.)

Pledging your support for Project Eternity not only helps the game get made, it also reserves you - for $25 - a cheaper copy of the final game.

At $165 and above, you'll also receive the full Wasteland 2 game as well as the first expansion to Project Eternity.

If Project Eternity can reach $3.5 million, and it probably will, Obsidian will add "big big city 2" to the isometric role-playing game. Update: with PayPal donations - around $100,000 - the total has now exceeded $3.5 million.

"Well I don't like announcing achieves until I see it on [Kickstarter] (we'll apply [PayPal] $ to final totals) but uhhh, it's hard not to say... [Big big city 2] IS IN!" tweeted Obsidian moments ago.

Incidentally, five per cent of Project Eternity's profits will be reinvested into other Kickstarter projects. This is profit from earned after the game ships and bills have been paid. It's part of Brian Fargo's Kicking It Forward campaign.

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