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Baldur's Gate III may get Kickstarter boost

Baldur's Gate III may get Kickstarter boost

Mon 19 Mar 2012 5:10pm GMT / 1:10pm EDT / 10:10am PDT
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Overhaul Games wants to make a new Baldur's Gate and is considering Kickstarter

Kickstarter has become a solid option for some developers, as Brian Fargo and Tim Schafer would tell you, and now Overhaul Games has expressed interest in finally doing another sequel to the popular Baldur's Gate franchise via Kickstart, following the HD re-releases of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II.

"Baldur's Gate III has been our long-term goal," said Overhaul Games COO Cameron Tofer to GameSpy. "We have a lot of things to put in place before such a project can be launched. So currently there is no such project but that's the one we want to do. Our thoughts have been that Enhanced Edition for [Baldur's Gate] and [Baldur's Gate II] just make sense before there's any Baldur's Gate III."

Overhaul noted that seeing Brian Fargo's success with Kickstarter for Wasteland 2 has been inspiring, so it's a route the developer is likely to take.

"We're totally thinking Kickstarter," he said. "It just makes so much sense and solves so many problems. I think what Brian [Fargo] is doing with Wasteland is very interesting."

Wasteland 2 has hit over $1.37 million, while Double Fine's initial push into the site broke records, resulting in over $3.3 million earned.

5 Comments

Rafael Brown
Lead Designer

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So I'm wondering about IP control here. wasteland was published by Electronic Arts with Interplay as the developer, back in 1988. Presumably EA still owns this license as they rarely if ever let licenses go just because. And apparently part of the impetus for Interplay creating Fallout 1 was that it was a spiritual sequel to Wasteland, but that they couldn't publish Wasteland themselves since EA owned it.

So with that in mind, what are folks thinking with Baldur's Gate and Kickstarter? Baldur's Gate is part of the Dungeons and Dragon's license that is owned by Wizards of the Coast (since TSR's merger with WoTC). Atari controls the interactive rights to that.

So BG3 would have to go through Atari just as Wasteland 2 would have to go through EA. They could be Kickstarter funded, but will these publishers let someone make their dream game with community funding and without publisher input? Seems like an odd situation. Maybe they're going to change the names pre-launch? Still advertising a game for funding with one name and then changing its name last minute could still run into legal/IP troubles. Maybe I'm missing something...?

Posted:2 years ago

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Private
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Maybe thats what he means with that he would need to put a lot of things into place like getting the rights to publishe a new game in the franchise and so on.

Posted:2 years ago

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Rafael Brown
Lead Designer

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Given that they'd need to line up Hasbro, WoTc and Atari, yeah, one wonders if its even worth it to jump through hoops with three different rights holders. It is an an older series that while well loved (I have my original physical and digital gog.com copies of BG1&2) may strike a tricky balance between cult fan support and license requirements that may push the budget higher than kickstarter and the fan community can handle.

Posted:2 years ago

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Private
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The older the series probably the easier it is to get the license. I would give them the license for free for one game and see how well the new game sells maybe a little clause of you sell between 0 and X amount and you can keep all profit you sell X - Y amount and we get a certain amount of the money. If you don`t use the license might as well get a some money out of it without giving the license away and have a look how the market responds to the IP without spending any money.

But I`m not a business man and I would probably be horrible at running a company and get it closed fast :D

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Private on 20th March 2012 11:22pm

Posted:2 years ago

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Felix Lukas
Intern

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Brace yourselves, the crowdfunded games are coming.^^

Im not saying its a bad thing. It's certainly a cool new way for studios to get the financial support for their projects they needed. And I think alot of people weren't even aware that there was such a thin as Kickstarter.

If anything Im just not completely convinced that the system will actually function properly in the longterm. They'll have me on their side once a few of those crowndfunded projects start rolling out in the promised quality. Although even then it may be that people will have forgotten about the whole crowdfunding concept and it'll be remembered as a trend that got 5-10 high profile games started and was then never heard of again.^^

Posted:2 years ago

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