Crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are becoming increasingly popular for book, game, film and music bods wanting to get a little financial support from the public prior to the product’s release. Revolution Software have jumped on board the crowd-funding train with their upcoming title Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse, offering funding options ranging from $15 up to a cool $10,000. Unlike an investment where you put in money to receive a share of the profits (hopefully!), funding via Kickstarter works a little differently, offering ‘rewards’ to funders. In this case a pledge of $15 will get you:
- Download of Broken Sword – the Serpent’s Curse - PC & Mac
- Regular Developer Diaries, ideas Exchange Forum and Video Updates
- Access to exclusive digital content: Game Artwork (inc. poster and wallpaper); Director’s Commentary on previous Broken Sword games & Archive Videos
So, how does it differ from just buying the game? Well, for one thing you’ll have to wait until the game has been completed before your pledge pays off. On the plus side, however, it’s no-risk. Kickstarter offers an ‘all-or-nothing’ funding policy. If the project doesn’t raise the target funds, all pledges are cancelled. So, if you’re a fan of Broken Sword, Revolution Software or even just want to get involved with something before it actually hits the stores, check it out.