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Obsidian's Project Eternity Kickstarter ends with record-setting $3.98 million in funding

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Obsidian Entertainment's Kickstarter funding drive for role-playing game Project Eternity has ended with more than $3.98 million in donations, a record-setting take for a video game project on the crowd-funding service.

The final amount pledged through Kickstarter was $3,986,929, according to the Project Eternity Kickstarter page. That number is just shy of the recently added stretch goal of $4 million which promised to enhance the entire game with live instrumentation for the soundtrack and developer in-game commentary. Fortunately for fans of developer commentary, Obsidian Entertainment also accepted funding outside of Kickstarter through PayPal. Urquhart tells Polygon that PayPal donations brought the overall total to more than $4.1 million, pushing the game past its final stretch goal.

The role-playing game developer, best known for games like Fallout: New Vegas, originally sought $1.1 million to make Project Eternity.

"We are incredibly thankful to our amazing community of backers, particularly the Obsidian Order (you guys rock!)," Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart told Polygon earlier this week. "Without the community, Project Eternity would have not happened. Through their backing, they have shown that there is still desire for great RPGs and we appreciate everyone's trust in us."

Close to 74,000 backers helped fund Project Eternity, which has an estimated release in 2014.

Project Eternity bypassed the funding of the previous Kickstarter-funded video game record holder, Double Fine Productions' Double Fine Adventure, on Monday. Double Fine Adventure ended its Kickstarter drive with $3,336,371 in contributions from Kickstarter pledges. It also accepted PayPal donations.

Obsidian says that development on Project Eternity started before it launched its Kickstarter funding drive with about 15 staffers doing pre-production and systems development work.