Double Fine has announced that it’s new Kickstarter funded game, Broken Age, has now been split into two after going over budget.
Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine, revealed the news in a letter to backers. He said that, “We looked into what it would take to finish just first half of our game—Act 1. And the numbers showed it coming in July of next year. Not this July, but July 2014. For just the first half.”
In order to complete the game Schafer has announced that the first part of the game will now be released in January. Instead of going to publishers or asking for more money from the backers, Act 1 will now be released on Steam Early Access and the money earned from that will go towards funding the rest of the game.
Explaining the decision, Schafer said, “We were always planning to release the beta on Steam, but in addition to that we now have Steam Early Access, which is a new opportunity that actually lets you charge money for pre-release content. That means we could actually sell this early access version of the game to the public at large, and use that money to fund the remaining game development. The second part of the game would come in a free update a few months down the road, closer to April-May.”
He also confirmed that backers would still get exclusive beta access before the first part was released, as promised when the funding was originally sought. Although this will placate some funders, it does show some of the problems with Kickstarter backed projects. Earlier this month the Ouya was released to retail before all of it’s backers had released their machines, prompting a backlash.