Are publishers trying to use brand-name developers as fronts for crowd funding? Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart says that he was approached by unnamed publishers asking him to do just that. Urquhart claims he had been contacted by publishers over the last few months that wanted to use the studio to launch a crowdfunding project. He went on to claim that they would publish the game and keep the lion's share of the profits and that Obsidian wouldn't own the rights to the IP.
"We were actually contacted by some publishers over the last few months that wanted to use us to do a Kickstarter," he said. "I said to them 'So, you want us to do a Kickstarter for, using our name, we then get the Kickstarter money to make the game, you then publish the game, but we then don't get to keep the brand we make and we only get a portion of the profits' They said, 'Yes.'"
Obviously Obsidian rejected those pitches and went ahead with their own Kickstarter for its next big RPG: Project Eternity. As of this writing the game has raised well over $1.6 million with 27 more days to go. They have also announced that a DRM free version of the game will be made available through Good Old Games and that a Mac version of the game has been greenlighted.
You can find out more about the Kickstarter here.