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Let there much be rejoicing. Go on, rejoice. Well, at least smile. No? Well, how about a smiley instead? You won’t have to use your face at all. You only have to press two buttons. Come on, let’s do it together. On three. One, two, three : And again. One, two, three )

There now, that wasn’t so hard, was it? The reason for this rejoicing is that Wasteland 2 just hit its latest crowdsourcing bonus target, $2.1 million – and as well as meaning it’s now accrued some 231% of its original target, it confirms that Obsidian’s Chris Avellone is coming onboard to co-develop Brian Fargo’s post-apocalyptic RPG.

Avellone has already changed his Twitter icon to a Desert Ranger badge and observed that he “can’t wait to get started.” And I can’t wait to see what gets made. For more on the inXile/Obsidian tag-team, you’ll be wanting to read my interview with project lead Brian Fargo from a few days back.

Further additions and improvements to Wasteland 2 are promised if the donations climb yet higher, so you know where to go if you want to throw some more money in that. Oh, and if you notice that the Kickstarter page isn’t quite at $2.1m and thus feel I should be sternly accused of premature celejaculation, do bear in mind that the funding is augmented by another $42,000-odd in Paypal donations from those who can’t use Kickstarter for one reason or another.


One thing I do note is that, on Kickstarter, the game has ‘only’ 42,636 donors making up the current $2.08m. That’s a princely and incredible number of paying customers to have before the product’s on sale by anyone’s maths, but it does seem that Wasteland 2 has gotten to the enviable position it’s in today because of a limited number of people paying higher sums rather than because there’s been an absolutely absurd flood of contributors.

It’s frustratingly hard to make useful observations as to whether that 42,636 says anything meaningful about the potential size of Wasteland 2′s audience until the game’s on sale conventionally. It’s odd that we’re still so far away from the resolution of Kickstarted projects such as this and Double Fine’s – we still don’t know how these mega-crowdsourced endeavours are going to play out. Interesting times. Exciting times, even. Mathematical times too.

You’ve read the interview (right?), some of you have even tried to throw money at the screen, and now the screen will actually accept your money if this is something you’d like to support. TheKickstarter page for Wasteland 2 is now live and is currently receiving about $1,000 per sentence I write, which means I should stop writing sentences and just paste in the link. The page has details of the incentives, quotes one of our readers, and also contains an informative and rather amusing video that explains why Fargo wants to make the game, and also recreates the difficulties he’s had convincing publishers that the world wants a Wasteland sequel. “There was a Fallout 1 and 2?”

If the kickstarter reaches $2.1 million they will bring in Obsidian including Planescape Torment mastermind Chris Avellone

Current total $1,738,121

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Woah nearly half a million already...

I have to say that I appreciate Kickstarter for giving developers opportunities to create games that might not have gotten appropriate funding before.

I think it already is at a faster pace then even Double Fines...

Fuck Dsister and Zex.

Huge fan of the original. I already dropped 20 bux on it, and if they decide to include t-shirts, Im in for 50.

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Previous reward + COLLECTOR'S EDITION PREMIUM BOXED VERSION which of course contains map and instruction book. But additionally comes with Wasteland miniature, Wasteland 2 faction badge. Also get your name in the credits in a special thanks section. The premium box replaces the standard box but also comes with a digital copy of the game.


It's going to be a hell of a credits roll, including the higher Pledges that is already almost 1,500 names

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sounds great, i may actually donate for that. I do hope they just call it Wasteland 2 because they can't call it: "The Fallout 3 that should have been"

“It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it.”

- George Orwell, ‘1984’

Must get to 1.5m!

Yeah i have been watching this, Close to 600k in just a little over a day, amazing stuff. im in for a $100, never played wasteland but fallout 1 & 2 are amazing.

Atto Suggests...:

Book - Malazan Book of the Fallen series 

Game - Metro Last Light

TV - Deadwood

Music - Forest Swords 

$867,325 almost funded already!

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