A title that was “given up on”, now sees new light with fan funding support. Kickstarter has struck again.
Launched today is the official Wasteland 2 Kickstarter. Wasteland 2 begins its first stage of development from fans, as they graciously give financial support to a unique intellectual property. Brian Fargo’s follow-up goes the way of independent interactive entertainment funding and looks on track for pre-production. Publishers need not apply.
The pioneer to the post-apocalyptic genre on PC, Wasteland, provided some of the innovative ground work for future rpgs and was a direct inspiration to the FALLOUT series. It’s official sequel was all but lost to founder of Interplay and inXile Entertainment, Brian Fargo, but through the recent inspiration of successful Kickstarter projects like Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure, Wasteland 2 now has the chance to breathe new life. And it’s all up to us.
WL2 is 100% fan funded, so, “not only will you fund the development, but you’ll have a voice in how the game goes together. We will have forums up for design discussion and soliciting your ideas for what will make Wasteland 2 rock,” said Brian Fargo and company on the official Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page. “This is your chance to influence the kind of game you want to see. With fan funding, you drive the direction of game design and development. If it is important to you, it is important to us,” Fargo adds.
Much like its Kickstarter brethren, backers of WL2 will be rewarded based on their pledge amount. Twelve donations levels ranging from $15 to $10k+, merit a progressive incentive to the biggest backer. The highest level grants the donator all previous rewards, including 50 copies of the game, an invitation to a private party with key members of the dev team, a shrine raised in their honor, and they will be awarded a medal. Talk about gratitude.
A project like this will only fuel the indie game fire that continues to find flames around the industry. Not only does a creative endeavor like this give back to gamers, but it sets a new precedence for video game funding. Additionally, it allows creative control to rest in the hands of the most important collaborators: Developers and players.
So far, the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter has raised over $400k of its projected $900k goal. Not a bad start at all, and considering this is day 1 of 34, I’d say WL2 is on par to top its goal much like that of DFA. I know which game my money is going to next, do you? Don’t think about it, be about it.