After the recent successes on the public-funded project initiative Kickstarter, we're almost definitely starting to get a lot of these, but the latest victory for niche gaming is Wasteland 2 from Brian Fargo and InXile Entertainment.
Amazingly, this project reached and exceeded its $900,000 goal in under 48 hours and we're now going to see a true sequel to Interplay's 1988 RPG classic, developed by several of the original game's creators who are now working at Fargo's InXile studio.
Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.
For the uninitiated, Fargo has had a hand in some of the most memorable RPGs from the golden era of gaming, including The Bard Tale, Descent, Baldur's Gate and Fallout 1 and 2.
Much like Tim Schafer's recent initiative, donating $15 to the pre-development funding cause will net you a DRM-free copy of the game upon its completion.
Although we haven't been too excited by much of InXile's output so far, we can't wait to see what affect the freedom of publisher oversight could have on a game such as this. Watch Fargo's Kickstarter pitch video below, and head over to the official kickstarter page to help the cause.