Kickstarter. WAIT, DON’T GO! I know that everybody’s a little weary of hearing about the crowdfunding “revolution” that’s going on in the games industry right now, and that it’s largely shaky ground (don’t believe me? Just wait until the first BAD Kickstarted game gets release and watch the game-playing internet coalesce into a giant Voltron-like abomination and start wreaking havoc in virtual spaces) but there’s a good reason I’m writing about it. Truthfully, I’m writing this news article more for my own benefit than anybody else’s in hopes that Chris Avellone is somehow going to wander past another article that’s urging him pointedly to ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT KICKSTARTING A SEQUEL TO PLANESCAPE: TORMENT WOULD BE THE BEST IDEA HE EVER HAD.
It’s not an unsolicited encouragement either, because if we could influence the games that developers choose to make simply by talking about them we’d all be knee deep in more Half-Life, right? It just so happens that Mr. Avellone himself breached the subject in an interview over on GamesIndustry International earlier today. Granted, it was at the prompting of the interviewer, but when asked whether or not he was interested in possibly Kickstarting a sequel to perhaps the best CRPG ever, the response came out as pretty positive. After using the word “tempted,” Avellone goes on to mention that some talks have occurred on the matter, even going so far as to mention a debate on whether or not they would return to the Dungeons & Dragons system originally used, or go with a spiritual successor.
The entire interview focuses mainly on Kickstarter, his current role in the development of Wasteland 2, and even a little bit about the upcoming South Park RPG, The Stick of Truth. Despite my interest in both those titles, neither seems to be resonating with me right now because OHMAHGAWD PLANESCAPE: TORMENT SEQUEL! DO IT!
Source: GamesIndustry International