Been a while since we heard any word out of the newly resurrected (supposedly) Black Isle Studios, brought back months ago by questionable parties, but a new development hints at what the studio has been up to since late summer. Sort of. Now the studio is looking for backers, namely from the gaming community.
This isn't Kickstarter, but Black Isle's own little crowdfunding project, titled "Black Isle Mayan Apocalypse Replacement Program." On the studio's homepage, a timer counts down to the end of the world (best we can guess), and below is a plea of sorts to interested parties who'd like to see Black Isle's return.
The money won't go toward any actual games though. Rather, this is what you'd be getting:
"Our goal at this stage is threefold: prove to management that you want Black Isle Studios resurrected - and all the history and tradition of excellence that goes with it; continue to staff up and complete our PV13 game design; and develop a tech demo / proof of concept for our design that will open the doors to additional funding."
If you're keen on giving them money, bear in mind you'll probably be charged immediately, not in another 30 days. Why? Well, clearly Black Isle is trying to fight the Apocalypse. The more you give, the longer you're helping the studio "push back" the Mayan Apocalypse. Here's the breakdown of reward tiers:
Because we are fighting off the Apocalypse, the contributions will be accepted immediately, not after 30 days. (But you can come back later to increase your participation to receive the higher level rewards if you so choose.)
$10+ contributions will receive:
- Access to a special Black Isle forum. You can read about the ongoing fight to save the world. (And PV13.)
- A copper BIMAR forum badge.
- A Certificate of Recognition at the end of 30 days.
$20+ contributions will receive:
- Access to the private forums as well as posting privileges.
- A silver BIMAR forum badge.
- A Certificate of Merit at the end of 30 days.
Ye-ah, that sounds really promising. They've even thrown in a video (below).
In an effort to win some trust, former Fallout dev Chris Taylor added his two cents:
"One of the things that's really cool about this is we're in a stage that's early enough that we're looking for contributing members to give us feedback and input about our game and help us with the direction to make sure we can make the best possible game."