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New Double Fine Kickstarter game is 'Massive Chalice'

Tim Schafer and team working on 'turn-based tactics game'

Tim Schafer and his studio Double Fine Productions have launched a new Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for a new 'turn-based tactics' game for PC titled Massive Chalice.


The Psychonauts developer seeks $725,000 by June 27, and at the time of writing has already reached $136,852 from 3,628 backers.

Here's the official game description:

"MASSIVE CHALICE is a single player turn-based tactics game within a multi-generational strategy campaign built for replayability.

"As an immortal King or Queen, you must unite your kingdom under a powerful dynasty, eliminate the demonic threat, and reforge the Massive Chalice!

"The game is structured into two main layers: strategy and tactics. In the strategy layer, you oversee your kingdom, arrange royal marriages, conduct research, and make the far-reaching decisions that will determine the fate of your legacy.

"In the tactics layer, you fight brutal turn-based battles to defend your kingdom using small squads of customizable heroes.

"Permadeath is inevitable: your heroes will grow, age, and eventually die. You'll have to choose between keeping your favorite heroes on the battlefield or retiring them from combat to foster a new generation of warriors.

Drawing from roguelikes we love, content is modular and randomized. Each playthrough begins with a random assortment of male and female heroes from various bloodlines, guaranteeing that each game is unique. Your knowledge and skill will increase over multiple playthroughs, but the details of every game will change based on your decisions and the whims of fate."

The project will be lead by Brad Muir, creator of Iron Brigade, and designer on Brütal Legend.

Double Fine has been one of the most successful game developers on Kickstarter, after its campaign for Double Fine Adventure - a title later confirmed as 'Broken Age' - smashed its $400,000 target with a closing fund total of $3.3 million.

Here's the Massive Chalice Kickstarter video: