Publishers grudgingly admit that maybe a few million is an okay amount of risk.
By Tim Colwill on June 26, 2013 at 11:41 am
If you’ve ever pledged to an old-school RPG Kickstarter such as Project Eternity or Tides of Numenera then you’ll know the same old story off by heart now: Publishers don’t want to back us, it’s too risky, nobody cares anymore, and so on.
Well, according to Chris Avellone — the man behind the record-shattering Project Eternity Kickstarter — apparently this rampant success has inspired publishers to take a fresh look.
“We have noticed that publishers have paid attention to that and they are aware of the success these projects have had,” said Avellone to Strategy Informer.
“We have actually had companies reach out to us and go ‘you know what, for that price point, which is a much smaller risk than a lot of our AAA titles where there’s a lot more at stake, that’s much less risk for us and we wouldn’t mind exploring the idea of doing old-school RPGs that are set up like this’.”
Avellone explained that he was completely taken aback by this change of heart from an established industry. “That totally floors me,” he said.
“I did not realise there would be that sort of sea change from publishers, but apparently there are a number of publishers that realise that doing an Eternity-style game is a good fit for them, and I am thankful for that.”
Source: Strategy Informer