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Outer Wilds, a talk with the team behind the first equity crowdfunded video game

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

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Just a few days ago Fig, the first dedicated video game crowdfunding site to offer equity investment, launched its first campaign. That game is called Outer Wilds, and it's an exploration game set in an intricate little galaxy just waiting to be explored. There's one catch: 20 minutes after a game starts, the galaxy is destroyed by a supernova. Time loops back on itself, and the game begins again.

All of the footage here is from the alpha version of the game. Most comes from Polygon's own playthrough from March of this year, while a few seconds came courtesy of the development team.

Polygon sat down with two of the developers behind the game, Alex Beachum and Avimaan Syam, to find out more about their 2015 IGF Seamus McNally Grand Prize winning thesis project that they first conceived during their time at USC. Our interview ranges from the game's quirky backpacking aesthetic, soulful banjo soundtrack to how an equity share could change their relationship with their backers.