In order to prevent the need for more crowdfunding or publisher funding, Double Fine will be releasing the first half of Broken Age in January through Steam Early Access.
“This was a huge wake-up call for all of us,” Schafer wrote in a post on the Kickstarter page. “If this were true, we weren’t going to have to cut the game in half, we were going to have to cut it down by 75 percent! What would be left? How would we even cut it down that far?”
According to Schafer, Broken Age requires further funding as it continues to grow. The developer didn’t want to tap fans for a second round of crowdfunding, however, and instead chose to remedy the situation by selling the first half of the game with Steam Early Access pricing. This also means the developer won’t have to “cut the game down drastically.”
“We were always planning to release the beta on Steam, but in addition to that we now have Steam Early Access, which is a new opportunity that actually lets you charge money for pre-release content,” Schafer stated. “That means we could actually sell this early access version of the game to the public at large, and use that money to fund the remaining game development.
“Backers still get the whole game this way—nobody has to pay again for the second half.”
Broken Age is being developed for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux. The second half of the game should be available a few months after the first half.