The Kickstarter revolution continues apace. Only 48 hours after calling on fans to finance a new Wasteland game for the PC, Brian Fargo and inXile Entertainment have surpassed their $900,000 goal. Thus far, just over 20,000 backers have contributed $1,112,362 to the production. If the money continues to roll in, the developers will expand the scope of the project to include “more maps, more divergent storylines and even more music”.
Described as a “direct sequel” to 1988’s pioneering original, Wasteland 2 will return players to a world devastated by nuclear war. While classics like X-COM and Syndicate have recently been transformed into first person shooters, the team responsible for Wasteland 2 has specifically ruled out this possibility. The new game will be, much like its predecessor, a top down RPG with plenty of scope for tactics.
The names behind the sequel will be instantly familiar to followers of the first game. Wasteland executive producer Brian Fargo will be joined by fellow series veterans Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole. The story is being created by Jason Anderson and the music by Mark Morgan. Both worked on Fallout, a game long identified as a spiritual successor to Wasteland.
A release date is yet to be announced for Wasteland 2.
In related news, the Kickstarter program for Double Fine Productions’ forthcoming adventure game concluded earlier this week. Tim Schaffer’s studio raised almost $3m.
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