Game studio Double Fine has taken to Kickstarter once again in an attempt to get a new game crowdfunded. The game the studio wants to make, dubbed Massive Chalice, is a tactical strategy game with a high fantasy setting. The Kickstarter campaign has a goal of $725,000, and with 27 days to go, more than half of that goal has already been reached. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign sits on $450,928.
The company says that it has been inspired by classics in the tactical strategy genre, such as XCOM, Final Fantasy: Tactics and Fire Emblem. The world of the game itself has been inspired by Game of Thrones and its array of noble families. The goal of the studio is to create an epic, replayable turn-based tactics game where generations of heroes repel demonic invasions.
I see no Massive Chalice in this piece of concept art
Much like the studio's previous Kickstarter game Broken Age, this is one of those games that big publishers just won't greenlight. Another interesting part of the campaign is that just like for Broken Age, documentary crew 2 Player Productions will be documenting the development of the game if it gets funded.
The game is divided into two parts – strategy mode and tactics mode. In strategy mode, you oversee your kingdom, arrange royal marriages, conduct research and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy. In the tactics mode, you fight turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customisable heroes. The brutality of the game kicks in thanks to the permadeath mechanic, where if any of your heroes die, there's no way to get them back.
The game will be built on the same in-house 3D game engine that Double Fine created for Brutal Legend and has since been used in other games like Stacking, Iron Brigade, The Cave and Costume Quest.