THE ROAD TO THE AVATAR
While crowdfunding fatigue is setting in, Garriott is still an advocate. “While we had preliminary discussions with publishers, it was clear that was going to be an uphill battle. Crowdfunding has definitely allowed developers to break out of the mould set by traditional publishers, who chase the latest hits to the exclusion of all else.”
For Garriott, though, there have been benefits beyond the $5million raised. “Beyond financial independence, we have discovered a community of supporters… deeply engaged in feedback, as well as contributing music, art, even code.”
That said, there’s a Lord British factor.
Dreamfall Chapters, for instance, solicited music to help widen its soundscape, only to be lambasted for asking for free work. Even with willing musicians, the plan was quickly cancelled.