It’s official! We just started funding our 4th project, Dear Esther.
Dear Esther is the brainchild of Dan Pinchbeck. It was initially released in 2008 as a Half-Life mod and immediately developed a cult following. It also garnered a lot of attention in game design circles for expanding what is possible within the medium of games.
In its new incarnation, Dear Esther is being visually re-imagined by Robert Briscoe, previously an Environment Artist on Mirror’s Edge. Voice acting and musical score, which were superb to begin with, are also being redone to make sure the experience lives up to Dan’s full vision for it.
We are backing Dear Esther because it is a unique expression from a video game artist we look forward to seeing more work from in the future. Dear Esther also stands out in that it is a mod-turned-indie-game, something that would have been unlikely to get traditional publisher funding, even if it were a more standard gaming experience.
If you’d like to read more about this project, Kris Graft has an interview about Dear Esther with Dan Pinchbeck and Ron Carmel up on gamasutra.
Best of luck to you and your team, Dan!
PS: We still have money sitting in the bank waiting for the right projects, so keep your submissions coming, we’re not done yet!