It worked beautifully the first time, so why not try it again?
By Jason Venter
When Brian Fargo posted on Kickstarter that he was interested in bringing back Wasteland if gamers were willing to help make it happen, there was a lot of risk involved. Wasteland wasn’t nearly as well known as Fallout, the franchise it inspired. There was just enough familiarity, though, that Wasteland 2’s campaign didn’t fail. The game arrived in 2014 and was that rarest of creatures: a genuine crowdfunding success.
Now, two years later almost to the day, Brian Fargo is preparing a new crowdfunding campaign that will (if it is successful) result in the development of Wasteland 3. PC Gamer reports that the campaign is due to launch on October 5 of this year, but not on Kickstarter. Instead, inXile Entertainment is bringing it to Fig.
According to that same report, the campaign will seek $2.75 million in backing, and no more than $2.25 million in equity investment (which can come only from accredited investors). The next sequel sounds quite ambitious, as well. It takes place in Colorado, and will feature multiplayer as a key component.
“By making the decision to include multiplayer early on in the process, we will be able to design a game that is true to the core principles of the Wasteland franchise and our studio,” noted an inXile representative. “Wasteland 3 can be played as an offline, single-player game, and is built from the ground up with a focus on story and reactivity that makes no sacrifices to the multiplayer experience. At the same time, co-op players will enjoy working together to change Wasteland 3’s highly reactive world… or finding ways to destroy what their friend has worked to accomplish.”
That sounds like the sort of experience that might ruin friendships, but it’s for a worthy cause: great entertainment.
Once the campaign officially launches, it should be easier to tell what to expect from Wasteland 3. In the meantime, inXile has partnered with The Brotherhood to produce what it calls some “prototype screens” that give potential backers a good idea of what they should expect from the finished product. That partnership will apparently also continue well into actual development.
Did you enjoy Wasteland 2 enough that you’re ready for a sequel, and are you looking forward to the strong multiplayer component? Whatever your answer, it sounds like you’ll be able to weigh in very soon.