The fourth campaign to be featured on the equity crowdfunding site Fig launched moments ago, and it's for Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch. Developer Interabang Entertainment describes it as a "side-scrolling 2.5D, over-the-top multiplayer tag-team brawler" featuring characters made popular by Kevin Smith's movies Clerks and Mallrats.
This will be the second video game project ever to feature open equity investment available to the public, not merely to wealthy individuals. The first such campaign was for Double Fine's Psychonauts 2, which reached a total of $3.8 million this January on a $3.3 million ask. This type of investment is made possible by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, and you can read more about how it works here.
The game, being developed for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, will feature Jay and Bob on a mission to find "their long-lost pot customers trapped in an Orwellian mega super shopping mall... of purgatory."
"The first time I heard about [Interabang] creating a game based on Jay and Silent Bob, I wanted it to be a Fig campaign. I mean, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in a Castle Crashers style brawler, fighting with fists, feet and insults — what's not to like?" said Justin Bailey, Fig's CEO.
The documentation related to the Psychonauts 2 campaign is still under review by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leaving more than $1.8 million of the campaign's total uncollected. Once that process is complete Fig will be able to collect up to $50 million in Game Shares for multiple game projects, including Jay and Silent Bob.