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Wasteland 2: It’s a Go

This Kickstarter thing just blows me away. Brian Fargo has written up the latest update on where things stand and um, yeah, 1.4 million dollars later and Wasteland 2 is all systems go.

The big question for me, and I sort of hate to say this considering all the love and harmony this has caused but …can inXile pull this off? I know, I know — a lot of the former team members are on board and you can tell Fargo really wants to make this happen.

But are we just assuming this is going to be great? InXile has yet to really knock one out of the park.

Fargo also offers up an anecdote in this update about how a kid who donated to the game was his neighbor some 20 years ago.

“This message is intended for Brian Fargo. Brian, I was your next door neighbor when you used to live in Laguna. I was a pesky 15 or 16 year old kid that would come around and ask you about games. You would sit down and take time to talk to me about games, and the industry, and I just wanted you to know how cool it was that you didn’t blow me off. It meant a lot to me. Recently, I found out about your Kickstarter movement for Wasteland 2, and I contributed to it because I believe in you and your ability to resurrect the glory of the franchise. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, and thank you again for creating some memorable memories for me during my teenage years. Take care!”

It shows that being nice creates goodwill 20 years later.

I read that and immediately thought, “Brian has no idea who this kid is…” I am such a bad person, I know.

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Fargo’s Kick it Forward initiative is a great idea though. I hope that is something that becomes the standard practice. And, honestly, here’s hoping Wasteland 2 is great. I want that game to succeed.

Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

3 thoughts to “Wasteland 2: It’s a Go”

  1. I don’t know if they can pull this off or not, but I felt like $15 was worth the gamble. I have spent a lot more on other games that I was less sure of.

    I hope they can do it.

  2. First, the whole point of Kickstarter is that its fan funded investment capital. I think most people understand they aren’t being promised anything for their money. Second, I have a lot more faith that inExile, an actual company of professionals (and Double Fine for that matter)can pull this kind of thing off compared to some recent high profile Kickstarter projects. People just gave the guys behind FTL $120k+ and that is two guys in Shanghai with nothing but a demo on their resume.

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