Does Double Fine have a hit, or are the odds stacked against it?
Tim Schafer has confirmed his studio is "still trying to get the rights" to their bite size properties Stacking and Costume Quest, which were picked up by Nordic Games during the THQ auction.
They're even after Brutal Legend from EA and Iron Brigade from Microsoft. They want to bring full IP and distribution rights "in house." Later in 2013, Double Fine's Kickstarter project releases.
Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions is sniffing around the THQ bankruptcy case, says a source close to the dealings. The independent studio has asked for the paperwork filed by THQ.
Warner Brothers have also requested the same documentation. Double Fine and THQ have worked together in the past, as they published Stacking and Costume Quest.
The practice of downsizing teams within the games industry after a project has completed is disastrous, argues Tim Schafer. It's one of the "most frustrating things" going today.
A team comes together and "maybe they struggle and make mistakes" but they've "learned a lot" by the end, and then "they are disbanded." All the experience is just "scattered to the winds".
The last major retail release by developer Tim Schafer was 2009's Brutal Legend, and since then, his company Double Fine's output has been smaller, digitally distributed titles like Stacking, Iron Brigade and Costume Quest, or developmental age games like Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster and Happy Action Theater. He has not, however, given up on major AAA titles.
Developer Double Fine is practically frothing at the mouth with admiration for the gamer community as its Kickstarter fund raiser for their new project has exploded with donations.
Their original goal was $400k but that piled up real quick, with Tim Schafer pledging anything more goes toward making the new title more awesome. Well, what about $1.2m?