Double Fine publicly unveils Broken Age
Hey, remember Tim Schafer? The creator of such classics as Monkey Island and Psychonauts made headlines last year when he broke records for fundraising on Kickstarter. Now he’s finally ready to (sort of) unveil his next project. Read on for the details.
There was a time, a little more than a year ago, when it seemed like Tim Schafer had taken over the internet. His development studio, Double Fine, had just raised a mountain of cash on Kickstarter to fund their next game, and they had done it in a ridiculously short amount of time. While Tim Schafer didn’t invent the notion of funding a game through Kickstarter, his monumental success led to other big studios like Obsidian to launch similar projects. Unlike Obsidian, however, few people beyond the project’s backers knew what Double Fine was actually doing with all that money. Until now.
This weekend at PAX East, the curtain was pulled back (slightly) on the mysterious project. Known as Broken Age, the game promises a return to the classic point-and-click adventure that has all but vanished from today’s gaming landscape. The game has an official website, which offers the following brief description of the game.
Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure telling the stories of a young boy and girl leading parallel lives. The girl has been chosen by her village to be sacrificed to a terrible monster–but she decides to fight back. Meanwhile, a boy on a spaceship is living a solitary life under the care of a motherly computer, but he wants to break free to lead adventures and do good in the world. Adventures ensue.
Whenever a game description includes the phrase “adventures ensue,” you know you’re in for a good time. The website also includes a link to the preorder page, but sadly, no game footage. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Broken Age in the near future. After nearly forgetting all about it, I’m suddenly very excited again.