Double Fine's Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert have proven that using crowd-sourced funding can be successful. Last night the company launched a Kickstarter page asking the community for $400,000 to create a new point-and-click adventure title. Around $300,000 of that will go towards development, while $100,000 of the money will be spent to create a "making of" documentary series about the game by 2 Player Productions.
In less than 24 hours Tim Schafer's little Kickstarter experiment raked in over 13,000 pledges for donations totaling (as of this writing)$568,452. With a pledge for support in hand, a small development team headed by Tim Schafer will develop Double Fine's next game, a classic point-and-click adventure. Where it goes from there will unfold in real time for all the backers to see through private community functions and documentary clips released on a regular basis.
Develop also reports that some of the industry's most recognizable figures have thrown their financial support behind the game. This includes Minecraft maker Markus ‘notch’ Persson, 3DRealms' George Broussard, Insomniac’s Mike Acton, and Naughty Dog’s Amy Hennig. Other investors include Bastion creative director Greg Kasavin, journalist Luke Plunkett and actress Felicia Day.
You can learn more about Double Fine's project via its Kickstarter page.