Despite his fears — as only he could express them — that crowdfunding for video games could become “a dick measuring contest”, Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe says he’d consider a Kickstarter project for backing, as he embarks on life starting up a new development studio.
Of course the games development world sat up and took notice of Double Fine studio’s Kickstarter project, the #1 news event of the week after it raked in more than $US1 million (and counting) from gamers wishing to see another graphic adventure from Tim Schafer. “I think the real question whether in the next month, if [Double Fine’s campaign] hits $US2 million or $US8 million, does that signal a new way of funding games?” Jaffe told Gamasutra. “Or is this kind of a one-off thing, because it was led by Tim Schafer? Is this actually moving the needle? That, we don’t know.”
Earlier this week, Jaffe said he would leave Eat, Sleep, Play, the Utah-based studio he helped found, and will form another studio in San Diego to work on new projects. He told Gamasutra he’s pondering a free-to-play browser-based game that, Gamasutra said, “will implement a secretive business model.”
While he would consider crowdfunding, “I think I would be really nervous because suddenly now it’s not just a publisher’s money,” he said. “Suddenly you have all these peoples’ money, and you don’t want to let them down.”
Jaffe’s got much more to say on this subject and others, so please do visit Gamasutra to read it all.