The Kickstarter crowd-sourced funding portal has proven to be a great new avenue for game developers to finance the creation of niche games that would not appeal to traditional publishers, but it also seems to be a positive resource for indie studios looking for a bit of extra funding for games that they have already been financing through other means and are well under way.
The latest high-profile project to take this approach is Grim Dawn from Crate Entertainment, a crew helmed by Arthur Bruno, who prior to this venture was the Lead Designer on defunct Iron Lore's acclaimed action RPG Titan Quest (thanks Trauma).
We’ve listened to years of feedback from the Titan Quest community and continue to do so every day on the Grim Dawn forums as we strive to improve upon past performance and make this our greatest work yet. The creation of Grim Dawn is guided by traditional design and old school sensibilities, with innovation only in the areas where we feel it truly improves the game and isn't just a gimmicky back of the box feature.
For the past two years, the Crate team have been entirely self-funding the development of Grim Dawn and now they're prospective players get in on the action.
While we could still finish a fine little game on our own, that would be rough around the edges but very fun, we believe there is a much greater potential that could be realized if we were more adequately funded and staffed. So we're hoping you can help give us some proper funding so that we can get the team together, start making faster progress and ultimately release a bigger, better game for you and everyone else.
Watch the Grim Dawn Kickstarter pitch video below, and head over to the kickstarter page if it sounds like a game you might want to get in on with DRM-free early-bird pricing.