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Scribblenauts team launching crowdfunding, investment campaign through Fig

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The creators of Scribblenauts will be bringing their next title to crowdfunding site Fig later this month, a press release states. An investment option is schedule to open today, followed shortly by a traditional crowdfunding campaign.

Fig launched in August of this year promising to blend traditional rewards-based crowdfunding with equity investment. The goal has always been to open those investment opportunities to everyone, not just those with the high net worth needed to become accredited. Fig tells Polygon that improvement is still on the horizon for now.

The company's first campaign, for the award-winning indie space exploration title Outer Wilds, was successful to the tune of more than $125,000 — a total that included plenty of traditional rewards-based funding alongside accredited investment. How much investment exactly? Details are on the way Fig tells us, but what's telling is how much interest there was in the investment option.

"We watched Fig’s first campaign, Outer Wilds, attract over $800,000 in potential accredited investment," said 5th Cell's CEO and creative director Jeremiah Slaczka, "and felt that of all the funding platforms, Fig’s was the perfect fit for our new IP."

5th Cell's Scribblenauts was a hit game of the previous console generation that invited players to write out the solution to puzzles presented to them on screen. The game had a vocabulary of thousands of words, all of which could be introduced into the game's sandbox-like levels as functional assets. The franchise sold more than 13 million copies across multiple platforms. The team behind it is also known for the Drawn to Life franchise and the iOS title Run Roo Run.

Fig promises a new IP from 5th Cell, and not one based on previous titles. The campaign is scheduled to open on Oct. 21.

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