Kickstarter has proven its worth over the past couple of months as a number of high profile game developers have used the site to help fund their game projects. Now two more well know game creators, Al Lowe and Jane Jensen, have joined the Kickstarter party in hopes of funding their own future projects.
Both Lowe and Jensen worked at the now shut down Sierra On-Line and helped to create some of the most well known PC adventure games of the late 1980s-early 1990's. Lowe's Kickstarter project has him teaming up with Replay Games, made up of former Sierra On-line employees and executives, for a planned revival of his very adult (and very funny) Leisure Suit Larry series.
At the moment, the plan is to create a remake of the first game in the series, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, for the PC, Mac, the iPad and Android tablets. The game was first released in 1987 but the new version will have updated graphics and more content. The goal to fund the game is $500,000 and so far the Kickstarter effort has raised over $200,000 with 24 days to go.
Jane Jensen is best known as the designer of the Gabriel Knight series for Sierra On-line. Her new game development studio is called Pinkerton Road and Jensen's Kickstarter page has now been set up to fund at least one new adventure game, and possibly two, that would be released in 2013. The current goal is $300,000 and so far, with 41 days to go, it has raised nearly a third of that amount.
Jensen actually has three game concepts she wants to make, but will allow her Kickstarter backers to vote for which one they would like to see made first. More details about the three game designs are on the Kickstarter page; the actual voting will be held on April 14-15 for anyone who pledges $16 or more.