Crowdfunding campaign for Star Wars video game raises more than $25,000 in three days, but there is a glitch

A screengrab of Mr Devin Tripp's Kickstarter campaign.
A screengrab of Mr Devin Tripp's Kickstarter campaign.PHOTO: KICKSTARTER

A 20-year-old Texas man wants to make an epic Star Wars video game and has launched an ambitious campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to fund it.

The only problem? He's "not a very good programmer", an "even worst artist" and he does not have permission from Lucasfilm or Disney to make it.

That hasn't stopped more than 80 people from pledging funds to Mr Devin Tripp's campaign, which has raised just over US$18,000 (S$25,600) since it was launched just three days ago - on Jan 3 - prompting USA Today and Forbes to give it top story space.

His pitch, titled "Open World RPG 'like' Star Wars Game", aims to raise US$200,000 by Feb 2 to create a game where "you were a Jedi with no boundaries, and could explore the galaxy freely".

"Like many of us when we were kids, we wanted to be like Luke Skywalker or obi jim Kenobi (sic), but like all of us, we do not live in a galaxy far far away.

"...I am talking about a Star Wars RPG that will completely blow people away; like Fallout 4, or The Witcher 3 did," Mr Tripp wrote, naming two of 2015's hit games. The latter title cost US$81 million to make.

"This was my dream as a kid I hope you can share my same compassion, thank you," he also said.

Unfortunately for Mr Tripp, he has not secured the rights to make a video game based on the hit franchise, whose latest instalment The Force Awakens is set to become the top-grossing film in history.

"I do not have permission from Disney to create this game as of now. Disney has no part of this as of now," he said on his campaign page.

He added: "I am currently looking into talking with Disney if I am able to do this. If not then there might have to be a compromise on the name or some other parts."

And while the campaign has ostensibly attracted a number of backers and tens of thousands of dollars, "joke" comments from these supporters suggest that few are serious, and that many are banking on the project being taken down. Kickstarter charges backers only when a project is fully funded.

"I will mortgage my home to back it," wrote one backer.

Another said: "If you need someone to motion capture lightsaber footage in a dimly lit garage while wearing a shirt that's too small for me, I'm your man!"

Some, however, have praised Mr Tripp's optimism. "Be ambitious! Make the greatest Star Wars game there will ever be!" said backer Leng Yang.

Another backer, Chris Bulch, wrote: "I sincerely hope this makes it. You did good Devin."

Despite the support, Mr Tripp told Forbes that the campaign has become "more or less a joke" and that he would take it down soon.