Wasteland 2 Kickstarter raises over $1 million in two days

By on March 15, 2012, 5:00 PM

It's been over two decades, but a sequel to 1988's post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland is officially in the pipeline. Brian Fargo, founder of Interplay and inXile, launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week to raise $900,000 -- a goal reached in only 42 hours. "Woot!!! We did it!!!! Fantastic! I am going to sleep like a baby tonight. Once again I am awed by the support! A dream come true today," Fargo said.

As of writing, 19,000 eager fans have pledged more than $1 million, including several $10,000 donations from industry figures such as Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, who apologized for pirating the original Wasteland. "I hope this makes up for it," Tan tweeted. Executives from BioWare and Blizzard also backed the project, acknowledging Fargo's previous accomplishments in the role-playing genre.

Although the original goal was $900,000, Fargo acknowledged the possibility of exceeding that target with Double Fine recently receiving more than $3 million (they only asked for $400,000). Preparing for such a scenario, he outlined what inXile do with the additional funding.

At $1.25 million, the extra cash will go toward expanding the world and adding more maps, stories and music. At $1.5 million Wasteland 2 will receive even more in-game content and it'll be ported to Mac OS X. "After $1.5 million the sky is the limit," reads the Kickstarter page.

With 32 days to go, it's safe to assume Fargo and his crew will receive just as much support as Double Fine, if not more. Folks who pledge $15 or more are guaranteed a DRM-free digital download of the game when it launches, as well as a "unique and quirky" in-game skill.

If you submit $30 or more, you'll also receive a DRM-free digital soundtrack by Mark Morgan and a digital Wasteland 2 concept art book. Pledge $50 or more and you'll get a boxed copy of Wasteland 2, an early release Wasteland 2 novella, a worn cloth game map and more.

There are nine more funding tiers beyond that leading up to $10,000, which gets you invited to an exclusive party with Fargo in Californa, an in-game shrine constructed in your honor, 50 copies of the game and a medal. Wasteland 2 is on track for release in October 2013.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'll bite on this and kick in $30, maybe even $50. A great way to fund a game and you have some real big names doing the work on it.

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Yeah, seems like if you're gonna pitch in $30, you might as well jump to $50 for the extra goodies. The extras from $30 aren't nearly as attractive to me as the extras from $50. I assume that's not a mistake .

Lurker101 said:

This is fantastic news. I'll be chipping in for another Brian Fargo game, that's for sure.

psycros psycros said:

<b>T H I S .</b>

My $15 will definitely be on its way soon. Say, how much would is cost to put Fargo in charge of Bioware again??! He might be the one man who could save that flaming wreck from both itself and EA.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Wow, now this was an interesting concept!

EA, are you listening?

Stupido Stupido said:

Indeed an excellent concept...

now lets hope that this will not turn as financial pyramid...

Guest said:

This new wave of game investing is exciting! Someone please give us System Shock 3!!!

Butch said:

Guest said:

This new wave of game investing is exciting! Someone please give us System Shock 3!!!

System Shock 3 would be AWESOME!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

psycros said:

Say, how much would is cost to put Fargo in charge of Bioware again??! He might be the one man who could save that flaming wreck from both itself and EA.

Agreed, I to would also like to see him in charge there

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Wasteland was such an awesome game. Hope this goes well for them.

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