Were you surprised to see Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire show up on a crowdfunding website much like its predecessor? Well, set your reservations aside; it worked. Obsidian can now move into full-blown development of the RPG sequel.
It isn't uncommon to see developers follow the same funding process time and time again. They've been doing it with investors since the dawn video games, but with crowdfunding becoming more and more prominent - if not more risky - it's proven itself as a worthwhile consideration when it comes to getting your passion project off the ground - assuming others are interested.
And boy were fans interested in Pillars of Eternity II. And why wouldn't they be? Releasing in March 2015 purely based on the good-will of those customers ready to hand over their cash long before its release, its sequel managed the same feat even faster than its older sibling.
Raking up 1.1 million in less that 24 hours, Obsidian's awaited sequel reached out to fans only to have over 10,000 arms stretch wide-open before a single day/night cycle was up. Now scheduled for a Q1 2018 release if the pledge delivery dates are to be believed, it's likely all down to the effects its upcoming stretch goals will have on development.
At this speed, they'll likely reach them in no time at all, but with the initial goal having been met, we would understand if things start to slow down a little. The game is coming whether people dish out their money early or not. It's all down to whether the extras warrant the additional spend.