Double Fine's Massive Chalice Kickstarter ends successfully with $1.2M raised

Double Fine Productions' Kickstarter campaign for a tactical strategy game, Massive Chalice, ended today with $1,229,015 raised.

The campaign, which launched back in May, had a funding goal of $725,000 — this goal was reached and surpassed in early June. Project lead Brad Muir, who has worked on Double Fine titles like Iron Brigade, Brütal Legend and Psychonauts, told Polygon that he was incredibly nervous about bringing the project to Kickstarter, but the support from fans has been overwhelming.

"I'm ecstatic! I can't believe that we've cleared our goal by such a large amount," Muir told Polygon. "It's humbling and inspiring to see our backers show up in large amounts to support a brand new game, especially with all the risks. And now that I've gotten over the sheer terror, I'm really motivated and excited to make good on our promises and deliver the best game possible."

"It's humbling and inspiring to see our backers show up in large amounts to support a brand new game."

With Massive Chalice successfully funded, Muir will now lead a separate team within Double Fine to make the game. He told Polygon that the next step is to continue to work with Double Fine's producers to fill out the team and continue pre-production work on design, tech and art.

"There will be tons of brainstorming sessions and lots of fresh concepts created during this period," he said. "I'm really excited to share all of this information with our community. We're going to keep doing a lot of live-streaming and posts to our forums and Tumblr to keep our backers in the loop."

Massive Chalice has been described as a cross between the original X-COM and Final Fantasy Tactics with bloodlines and breeding. Muir told Polygon in an earlier interview that the game will be a hardcore tactical strategy title. It will be developed with involvement from the game's backers and the Double Fine community. Financially backing the game through PayPal and Bitcoin is still available.

Massive Chalice is the second project Double Fine Productions has brought to Kickstarter. Its first project, Broken Age, raised $3,336,371 and was one of the most successful video game fundraisers in Kickstarter history.

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