It was only yesterday when Obsidian Entertainment unveiled Project Eternity, its Kickstarter project for an isometric, party-based RPG. The studio wants to get back to its RPG roots with Project Eternity and asked for the fans to help. The Kickstarter goal was a fairly hefty $1,100,000, but it appears that did not matter. Just a day after launching, Project Eternity has already hit the $1.1 million goal thanks to 27,000+ backers. That is truly an impressive feat, and considering there are still 31 days remaining, the pledged amount can be much, much higher. I imagine it will not be long before Obsidian details the stretch goals for Project Eternity, which should be easily reached. The demand for an isometric, party-based RPG in the style of Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment was quite strong, and I cannot wait to see how Project Eternity plays out.
Update: Stretch goals have been added by Obsidian, and there are quite a few involved. Everything right now is just a basic list, but I cannot imagine the team thought the initial goal would be reached so fast. Nevertheless, at $1.4 million, a new playable race, class, and companion are added, with the companion using the new class. The $1.6 million stretch goal adds a Mac version of Project Eternity and "a new major storyline along with new quests, locations, NPCs, and unique loot (special histories everyone?)". Another new playable race, class, and companion get added with the $1.8 million stretch goal, while $2 million adds a customizable in-game house where you can store equipment and let party members hang out. The $2.2 million stretch goal is a big one, as it adds a new region, faction, another companion, and Linux support. Obsidian has plans for $2.4 million and beyond, but those will be detailed later.
Obsidian is also looking into making a DRM-free version as a pledge nets you just a Steam copy right now, but will provide an update on that subject. The developer will be adding some digital-only tiers and Paypal donations soon, plus a new $5,000 tier is on the way since the original one already sold out. The base game includes three races, five classes, and five companions, but some of the stretch goals do add more. Obsidian is looking for backers' opinions on those, since while it has an idea of where it wants to go, Project Eternity is a crowd-funded game. More news and updates are on the way from Obsidian, so keep it tuned here!