Wow, Double Fine's New Strategy Game Sounds Amazing

The studio that started the video game Kickstarter revolution is going back to Kickstarter for their next game — and it sounds bloody fantastic. Described as a strategy game inspired by X-COM, Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem and Game of Thrones (wow!), the new title is called Massive Chalice, and the folks at Double Fine are looking for $US725,000 to make it happen.

An excerpt from their Kickstarter page:

MASSIVE CHALICE is a single player turn-based tactics game within a multi-generational strategy campaign built for replayability.

As an immortal King or Queen, you must unite your kingdom under a powerful dynasty, eliminate the demonic threat, and reforge the MASSIVE CHALICE!

The game is structured into two main layers: strategy and tactics. In the strategy layer, 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 layer, you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customisable heroes.

Permadeath is inevitable: your heroes will grow, age, and eventually die. You'll have to choose between keeping your favourite heroes on the battlefield or retiring them from combat to foster a new generation of warriors.

Drawing from roguelikes we love, content is modular and randomized. Each playthrough begins with a random assortment of male and female heroes from various bloodlines, guaranteeing that each game is unique. Your knowledge and skill will increase over multiple playthroughs, but the details of every game will change based on your decisions and the whims of fate.

Sounds awesome, no? Of course, if you're sceptical about Double Fine starting a new Kickstarter project before delivering on their last one, Broken Age, I certainly don't blame you. As with any crowdfunded game, there's always a risk that the creators will over-promise and under-deliver. That said, Double Fine is a well-established studio, and this game does sound pretty damn sweet.

You can check out the new Kickstarter right here.


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    Does sound awesome but the whole unique story line thing will require serious thought and may not work out as awesome as it sounds, but will still work though.

    definitely got my interest. Half way to the goal after one day as well. It'd seem with the extra funding they can deliver more of the promises. The only issue I have with strategy games like this or the Total War campaign maps (the closest thing I can think of) is that I lose interest after the middle game and it becomes a case of having to stick with it to mop up smaller nations. It becomes a bit of a chore tbh to actually finish a game. That said, I'll throw my money at this

      I love Total War and I have on occasions felt the same as you. I think what it is in the early game is the thrill of having developed new technology and watching the tide of the battle turn with the new advancements from peasants to knights or when bigger cannons are made.

    I'm more concerned that they're starting up funding for a second game before the first one ships. I know development studios like to have projects back-to-back to keep the income flowing, but still...

    I guess if any studio deserves to do this, Double Fine would be one of the studios you trust.

      Double fine has 4 studios (I think) within the same building. It was discussed in one of his earlier videos. They are all working on different things.

    I'm a little burnt out on Kickstarter in general. Maybe once I actually get delivery of a project or two that will change.

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