The first half of Broken Age, the point-and-click adventure spawned by Double Fine’s remarkably successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign, will be released to all backers next Tuesday, January 14.
The news broke courtesy of a coy tweet from Double Fine head Tim Schafer, who noted that the launch represents a major milestone in his career.
Haven’t shipped a game of my own in 4.5 years, an adventure game in 16, a point-n-click in almost 20. Next Tuesday is going to be exciting!
— Tim Schafer (@TimOfLegend) January 10, 2014
In a later tweet, Schafer also confirmed that a public release date for the game would be announced on Tuesday as well.
The Kickstarter campaign for Broken Age ended up raising more than $3.3 million, well in excess of the $400,00 the studio was seeking, but still not enough to deliver on Schafer’s vision for the game. Last July, citing a lack of finances, Double Fine announced that they would be splitting Broken Age into two separate parts, with the first half releasing on Steam Early Access to help fund development of the second.
At the time, Schafer cited a hesitance to ask for more crowdfunding or seek the backing of a publisher as the primary motivation behind the move.