Everybody's doing it so Replay Games, the blokes who managed to secure the rights to the classic Sierra adult-themed adventure game Leisure Suit Larry, have decided to do a Kickstarter. Their hope is to raise enough funds to make their planned remake of the first game – Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards – without the help or need of a publisher. The large amount of money they are asking for – $500,000 – will go towards creating versions of the game for mobile devices, a "modern point-and-click/touchscreen interface," updated ultra-high resolution graphics, fully voiced characters, and more Al Lowe flavored humor. Frankly, the latter is more important than anything else.
They have two grand reward tiers for those willing to drop $50,000 on the project that go beyond the Kickstarter rewards system here.
So far they have raised right around $10,000.
Update: A friend of Andrew Eisen who asked to remain anonymous asked the folks at Replay why they decided to use Kickstarter rather than going the traditional route with a publisher. Here is what they said:
We announced the project back in October when we had something to show(the 1 room prototype). Since then we've tried raising money but kept hearing this from investors 'we don't want to get a bad reputation by investing in something that has Leisure Suit Larry attached to it.' So after careful consideration (and not being able to take a bank loan for enough money), we’re taking it to the fans. If they really want to see this game made, they'll do it!!!"
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun