Eleventh-hour triumph for Neal Stephenson's Kickstarter

Production set to begin on PC sword-fighting game Clang

The American writer Neal Stephenson has secured half a million dollars investment on Kickstarter to develop a PC sword-fighting game, following a tense final four days of bidding.

Writer Neal Stephenson

In June, Stephenson ignited interest in the project - called Clang - due in part to an increasingly viral video featuring sword-comedy and Gabe Newell.

The project accumulated more than $150,000 during its first weekend, and in its first week had surpassed the $250,000 - half way to its funding target with three weeks remaining.

But momentum was lost over the next twenty days, and at one stage it looked like the minimum funding goal would not be achieved.

Last week, Stephenson had four days remaining to raise the final $79,000, faced with the prospect of losing all the funds if this threshold was not achieved.

Yet he and his team managed to secure the remainder in a frenzied last-gasp funding drive. At the time of going to press, Clang has raised more than $520,000 with a handful of hours remaining.

Stephenson and his team at Washington studio Subutai will use the money to create a PC game which is hoped will respect the nuances, history and art of sword fighting.

The original video pitch for the Kickstarter project can be found below.

An FAQ page for Clang indicates that Subutai wants to release the game on
Valve's PC portal Steam, and can be played through the Sixense motion control technology.