Tim Schafer ships his first adventure game in 16 years.
Back in 2012, Double Fine Productions took the path less traveled and decided to fund its next game via Kickstarter. Now, two years later, it’s finally about to arrive. According to a recent tweet from Tim Schafer, the first episode of Broken Age will arrive via Steam’s Early Access program on January 14th.
“Haven’t shipped a game of my own in 4.5 years, an adventure game in 16, a point-n-click in almost 20.” Schafer tweets. “Next Tuesday is going to be exciting!” While the full game won’t be out for months, backers should get Steam codes that let them go ahead and sample the game that they’ve patiently waited almost two years for. However, this will be only the first half of the game. Even if you didn’t preorder, you can still purchase the first episode via Steam’s Early Access, and those sales will help fund the second episode.
Broken Age started out life with the placeholder name “Double Fine Adventure”. It follows two characters, Shay and Vella, as they leave their protective lives to follow the call of adventure. Shay lives alone on a motherly space ship, while Vella escapes her fate as a human sacrifice. The voice acting cast is filled with familiar names, such as Elijah Wood, Wil Wheaton, Jack Black, and Commander Shepard herself, Jennifer Hale. Here’s hoping the game is worth the wait!