Over the years crowdfunding has become a very useful tool for game developers. It has helped game developers fund their projects without the need of going through publishers. This is a list of the top 10 highest funded crowdfunded games.
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is a fantasy RPG that is the spiritual successor to the Ultima series. It's Kickstarter campaign raised more the 1.9 million. Combined with other sources of funding, the game collected $2,067,246.
Planetary Annihilation boldly chose to forgo investment funding to take the crowdfunding route with a goal of $900,000. Quickly reaching half of it's goal in just five days, Uber Entertainment announced it's first set of stretch goals if they were to pass their funding goal. The initial target was reached after fifteen days and by the conclusion of the campaign it raised $2,229,344.
Designer of Camelot Unchained, Mark Jacobs, partially funded his game through Kickstarter which earned $2,232,933. He also contributed 2 million dollars from his own assets and 1 million from investors. Camelot Unchained is the spiritual successor of Dark Age of Camelot.
A post-apocalyptic RPG by inXile Entertainment takes place in an alternate history timeline after a nuclear holocaust has ravaged the land. This game showed up on Kickstarter on March 13th, 2012 with a target of $900,000. The goal was reached in under 43 hours and made an additional $2,033,252 before the campaign ended, totaling $2,933,252
When games are funded by traditional means like through publishers, loans, or investment firms, certain restrictions can be placed on the game. These restrictions unfortunately can negatively influence the development of the game. To avoid this possibility, Tim Schafer looked to Kickstarter to fund his new game Broken Age. Requesting what he thought would be the bare minimum that the game would need, $400,000, he began his Kickstarter campaign. The campaign ended up bringing in $3,336,372.
Project Eternity, now known as Pillars of Eternity, is a fantasy RPG by developer Obsidian Entertainment. The game was teased on the Obsidian website as "Project X" on September 10th, 2012 and started it's Kickstarter campaign on September 14th, 2012. It only took a little over a day for the game to reach it's goal of 1.1 million. The game ultimately ended up collecting $3,986,929 from crowdsourced funding.
One of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever, Mighty No. 9 stopped taking donations after securing $3,845,171 in a single month. The project earned an additional $186,379 through Paypal contributions coming to a total of $4,031,550. Mighty No. 9 is seen as a spiritual successor to the Mega Man Series.
Developed by inXile Entertainment, Torment: Tides of Numenera is an rpg meant to be a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment. The Kickstarter campaign for this game began on March 2013 with a goal of making $900,000. The campaign not only surpassed its goal, it actually became the fastest project on Kickstarter to pass the million dollar mark. Total funding for the game has reached to $4,188,927.
Another space trading and combat simulator, Elite: Dangerous is the 4th game in the Elite series. Unable to reach an agreed upon funding amount with a publisher, the developers chose to shift to a crowdfunding campaign done through Kickstarter. The project had an initial target of $2,103,906 that ended up being surpassed by $3,040,200
Star Citizen, a space trading and combat simulator for the PC, started it's crowdfunding journey on it's own website on October 2012. About a week later, the developers expanded their crowdfunding efforts by beginning a campaign on Kickstarter. From that moment on the game quickly surpassed it's original goal of $500,000 and has now amassed $44,553,117.