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Double Fine is one of the most popular cult game studios of all time, with studio head Tim Schafer becoming one of the most respected studio heads in the industry. Recently, Double Fine was at PAX Prime, where it revealed that for Broken Age, the company's upcoming Kickstarter-backed point-and-click adventure game, the studio has hired Hollywood funnyman Jack Black to lend his voice to the game.
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This is not the first time that Black, star of films like "Nacho Libre" and "Kung-Fu Panda," and the frontman of rock band Tenacious D, has worked with Double Fine. Black previously voiced the main character of Brutal Legend. Other voice actors for the movie include Jennifer Hale, one of the most recognizable voice over workers in the industry, whose recent credits include Bioshock Infinite and Mass Effect 3.
Broken Age was first announced as the generically titled Double Fine Adventure in March, when Double Fine asked for $400,000 in crowdfunding money to create the game. Users shattered that goal, eventually raising $3.3 million for the game. The game's name was later changed to Broken Age, which will have two different playable characters, a young boy and girl. The girl has been chosen as a sacrifice for a monster, but has other plans for her life. The boy, meanwhile, lives in a house controlled by a maternal computer, but he wishes he could see the outside world.
The game has had some problems, however. The game has ended up being so massive that is has been split into two different episodes, with funds for the first part of the game being used to start on the second. The first part of the game will be released on January 2014 on Steam Early Access, which will allow Double Fine to continue to gather funds for the rest of the game. Backers of the game's initial crowdfunding campaign will get both episodes of the game for free. The game will also be part of a documentary that will focus on the development process.
Snagging Jack Black adds some extra star power to the game, and should drum up extra interest as Double Fine continues to refine the game and get both episodes ready for launch. Considering the reputation of the company and of Tim Schafer, the game should be a worthy entry into the studio's lore, and will be worth the wait when the first half is released early next year.