By Jeffrey Matulef
Space Quest series creators Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy have returned to the games industry after an over two decade hiatus under their new label, Two Guys from Andromeda. Their first project, SpaceVenture, just began its Kickstarter campaign.
SpaceVenture will be a "space adventure" game in the vain of Space Quest. Two Guys From Andromeda have already roped in an all-star voice cast consisting of GLaDOS voice actress, Ellen McClain, the voice of Space Ghost, Gary Owens, and ubiquitous cartoon voice actor, Rob Paulsen (Wakko from Animaniacs, Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
The Eugene, OR-based outfit seeks $500,000 by Jun 12th to fund the project. The Kickstarter has been up less than a day and as of writing this they've amassed $78,587 in pledges. Donating $15 or more guarantees access to a DRM free version of the game upon its release, while a pledge of $30 or more will grant access to the beta and digital soundtrack.
If funded, SpaceVenture will be developed for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, and Android tablets with a tentative release date of February, 2013.
Between this and the already funded Kickstarters for adventure game veterans Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight), Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry), and Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango) one wonders if this could bring about a second renaissance of the genre. Here's hoping anyway.