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inXile Entertainment officially launched a Kickstarter drive for Wasteland 2 today. If you’ve been following us for a long time you probably know that the original Wasteland is one of my all-time favorites. When 30 and 40 something PC RPG nerds start whining about diverse character stats, lack of good party play, and open worlds that still have a good story, chances are they’re thinking nostalgically about games like Wasteland. Even the hint guide for Wasteland was a story-driven work of art. (Well, to a 12 year old anyway.)
As much as the entertaining video above is there to get you to spend money on his project, Brain Fargo’s right that they don’t make them like this anymore, largely because to have the sort of party-based freedom a game like Wasteland offered you’re going to have sacrifice on the pretty pictures, voice acting, etc. It’s also a purely PC effort in a time when such efforts don’t often get very far (unless you’re Blizzard). Can a game like this succeed in 2013 if the measurement of success is a modestly funded project that turns a respectable profit? I really don’t have any idea, but I know I’d love to see this get funded so they can try. Here’s a taste of some of the “rewards” you can get if you put money into the project…
$15 – Digital Downloable copy of game DRM free for PC. This low price only available for those who helped fund. Also your party will start with a unique and quirky skill. (It won’t affect game balance.)
$50 – Full LARGE BOXED COPY OF WASTELAND 2, complete with worn cloth game map and old school instruction book. Also features the digital soundtrack and digital concept art book from previous award. Also receive an early release episodic Novella (Part 1) on the Wasteland 2 world created by Mike Stackpole, a member of the original Wasteland story team. The Novella will give hints and clues being built into the actual Wasteland 2 game.
$100 – Previous reward + COLLECTOR’S EDITION PREMIUM BOXED VERSION which of course contains map and instruction book. But additionally comes with Wasteland miniature, Wasteland 2 faction badge. Also get your name in the credits in a special thanks section. The premium box replaces the standard box but also comes with a digital copy of the game.
$1000 – Previous reward + BECOME AN NPC, WEAPON, OR LOCATION in the Wasteland 2 world! We will get your name and (if relevant) a picture of you to add your general likeness to the actual shipped game. Brag to your friends and beg them not to take you out with a Meson Cannon. You’ll also receive 5 digital copies of the game and a lv3 Desert Ranger medal of honor limited edition collectible.
$10,000 – Previous reward + COME TO AN EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE PARTY hosted by Brian Fargo, Alan Pavlish and other key members of the Wasteland team (must be able to travel to Newport Beach, CA). Talk design, previous works or anything else you’d like to discuss. Also, a shrine in Wasteland 2 will be erected in your honor. You’ll receive 50 copies of the game to do what you want and our deep appreciation. And a medal.
The project will remain open for a month and it’s almost certainly going to get some of my money. How much I’m not sure yet, but if you know me, you know my love of cloth maps, so at the least I’m looking at the $50 option. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, it’s worth your time to also check out RPS’s recent interview with Brian Fargo.Enjoy this? Share it so others can too!