Double Fine have taken to Kickstarter once again in order to crowd-fund a new title. Massive Chalice is described as the lovechild of "turn-based tactics and feudal fantasy," presenting players with a mash-up of Game Of Thrones, X-COM and Fire Emblem.
Once you've stopped drooling, we've got the pitch, premise and details after the break.
"We're inspired by classic tactical strategy games like X-COM, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Fire Emblem, as well as Game of Thrones’ array of noble families," Tim Schafer explains in the Kickstarter pitch. "With these influences in mind we’re creating an epic, replayable turn-based tactics game where you train generations of heroes to repel a demonic invasion."
Massive Chalice runs on Double Fine's bespoke Buddha Engine, and will boast a "generational" campaign designed for replayability. Apparently content will be randomised and modular, drawing inspirations from roguelikes as well as more familiar strategy games.
Core Game Features
- Your story emerges as you defend against attacks, complete quests, and respond to randomized events in your attempt to preserve the kingdom.
- Line of sight and fog of war mechanics come into play as your squad explores beautiful dynamic 3D battlefields where danger may lurk behind any corner.
- Distinct, customizable heroes learn new melee, ranged, and arcane abilities as they age and gain combat experience.
- Arrange marriage alliances to ensure your heroic bloodlines can handle any future combat situation.
- Battle alongside your ancestors by equipping your heroes with uniquely powerful Bloodline Relics.
- Invest your resources in forging new weapons and armor—and gamble on polluting a bloodline by researching dangerous demonic artifacts.
Double Fine are seeking to raise $725,000, and have already accrued $471,000 at the time of writing. Not bad for 24 hours. Once again, dear reader, the power is yours.
Tim Schafer and co. are well-known for popularising videogame crowd funding with the Double Fine Adventure, which was since rebranded to Broken Age. The split-perspective adventure is still in development.