I will say there was a bit of, in the video, ‘let’s bring adventure games back’ but it was more about ‘I haven’t made one of those in a while.’ There was even a joke in the video about Germany being one of the last bastions of those old school adventures as a popular genre (which is true enough, search for a Let’s Play of any old LucasArts game on youtube and you’ll see dozens of German streamers, and Germany is a place where a lot of old style adventures still get made)
And the reporting around it was definitely more ‘adventures are back!’ because that was the simpler thing to report than ‘adventure games changed, mostly, except when they didn’t, and anyway this person who made some good ones is making another one’.
But they led with: this is going to be an adventure game, other than that, we don’t know, we’re going to film the whole thing and see what happens, and we want it to be a new game, based on this cool art style we have in mind not just a pure throwback.
In fact, I remember on the forums a lot of people complaining that it couldn’t really be truly old school unless it had pixelly graphics and all that. Later I asked one of the staff if they ever regretted using the word ‘old school’ in the campaign as it means so many different things to different people, and they said yeah, that might’ve been a mistake in hindsight.
In an attempt to drag this back on topic a bit:
While I don’t really want to see a kickstarter fail, usually, I’m a little relieved the Dizzy one didn’t go anywhere. While I have some kinda fond memories of those games, I really don’t know that we need another, new one.