Massive Chalice

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Massive Chalice
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Developer(s) Double Fine Productions
Publisher(s) Double Fine Productions
Director(s) Brad Muir
Composer(s) Brian Trifon
Brian Lee White[1]
Engine Buddha[2]
Platform(s) Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Release date(s) Beta
October 21, 2014[3]
Early Access
November 11, 2014[4]
Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
June 1, 2015[5]
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single-player

Massive Chalice is a turn-based strategy video game for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux and Xbox One by Double Fine Productions, which was funded through Kickstarter.[6] The project leader of the game is Brad Muir,[7] who was previously the project leader of Iron Brigade.[8] It was expected to be released in September 2014 until the game was delayed.[6] The beta version of the game, for people who backed the game at a high enough pledge level to get beta access, was released on October 21, 2014.[3] It was released on Steam Early Access on November 11, 2014.[4] It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One on June 1, 2015 for $20 or free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.[9]


In May 2013, Massive Chalice became the focus of Double Fine's second Kickstarter campaign, after Broken Age (formerly known as Double Fine Adventure) in 2012.[10] The Double Fine team had learned from their mistakes on the first kickstarter and opted to not show as much exclusive material to backers, as this created a rift between the backers and non-backers, as well as members of the press.[11] Kickstarter backers influenced the development of the game when the ability for same sex marriage was added to the game after a number of requests.[12] Brad Muir stated that backer input before development was one of the advantages of Kickstarter, since a feature such as this might not have been thought about until the game was almost completed, which would have made it harder to implement.[13]


The game has a Metacritic score of 73 out of 100 for both PC and Xbox One.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Teamstream #23 Wednesday July 9th, Musicians from Finishing Move on the Couch and an Extended Playtest!". Kickstarter. 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Double Fine doubles down on Kickstarter with Massive Chalice". Gamasutra. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Massive Chalice Premium Backer Beta Is Out Now". The International House of Mojo. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Since We've Been Down". The International House of Mojo. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  5. ^ Juba, Joe (May 14, 2015). "Massive Chalice: PC Version Hits June 1, Xbox One Version "Around Then"". Game Informer. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Double Fine asks crowd to lift 'Massive Chalice' game". USA Today. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Double Fine is ready to Kickstart your Life! Again!". The International House of Mojo. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  8. ^ "Massive Chalice is Double Fine's next Kickstarter project". IGN. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  9. ^ Makedonski, Brett. "Hey, you: Go download Massive Chalice for free on Xbox One". Destructoid. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Double Fine Turns To Kickstarter To Fund Massive Chalice". The Escapist. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  11. ^ "Tim Schafer's Great Video Game Experiment". Kotaku. 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  12. ^ "Double Fine's Tactical Strategy Game Massive Chalice Ends Its Kickstarter A Massive Success". Eurogamer. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  13. ^ "How Kickstarter Got Gay Marriage Into Massive Chalice". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
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