I ran across Wasteland 2 on Kickstarter. This really is a sequel to the original Wasteland from Interplay I remember playing so long ago on my Commodore 64. Remember the classic line “Rabbit is reduced to a thin red paste”?
It is coming back, and Kickstarter is here to help. Obviously, there are a lot of people who remember playing Wasteland as there are over $2.25 million in pledges already. This may have something to do with the fact that you will get a DRM free downloadable copy with a pledge of $15.
Here’s the available information on Wasteland 2:
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.
Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It’ll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.
For Wasteland 2, we’re getting the band back together again! Brian Fargo who Executive Produced both Wasteland and Fallout will be heading the team. Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole—the original game’s primary designers—are coming back to put the project together, and we’re rounding up as many of the other designers, like Ken St. Andre, as we can. On top of that, we’ll have music by Mark Morgan of Fallout 1 and 2 fame. The storyline for Wasteland 2 was written by Jason Anderson who was the co-creator of Fallout. We have also enlisted the help of the amazing concept artist, Andree Wallin to help craft the Wasteland 2 world.
Check out the video and head over to Kickstarter today, as there are only six days left.
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I can happily report the project finished at over 300% of the funding goal, so we will eventually see a Wasteland 2! Unfortunately, the video no longer correctly embeds so you have to visit Kickstarter to check out the vids.
I think I just geekgasmed.
This is great news.