Wasteland 2 Breaks Obsidian Funding Target

Wasteland 2 Breaks Obsidian Funding Target

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Chris Avellone of Obsidian figures he'll most likely work on area and narrative design now that he's officially on board the Wasteland 2 project.

Back about a half-million dollars ago, Brian Fargo announced that if the already-successful Wasteland 2 Kickstarter hit $2.1 million in funding, Obsidian Entertainment would join in on the development of the post-nuclear RPG. That target was blown out of the water in short order and while the specifics of Obsidian's role has yet to be nailed down, it's good news no matter how you look at it.

"It's up to the goals of the project. Brian's leading the charge on that," he told Rock, Paper, Shotgun. "I'll be the one from Obsidian contributing, and as such, most likely in area/narrative design capacity."

"In addition, we'd be sharing our knowledge of conversation tree mechanics and layouts with InXile to make conversations in the game as good as they can be. We've had a lot of victories over the years that we've incorporated into our designs, and we're eager to share them to make Wasteland 2 even better," he continued. "Furthermore, if there's elements of the tools or other functionality that might help with Wasteland, we'd be looking into those aspects and sharing that knowledge as well."

As a former member of the famed Black Isle Studios, Avellone brings serious design cred to the table, with credits including Planescape: Torment, Knights of the Old Republic 2 and of course Fallout 2, Van Buren [which was intended to be Fallout 3 before the collapse of Interplay] and Fallout: New Vegas, which is what makes his participation especially exciting: The Fallout franchise only exists because Fargo couldn't get the rights to make a Wasteland 2 in the 90s.

"Ultimately, it's still early and we won't know the logistics for a short while longer, but we'll keep folks updated," he added. "Right now, we're definitely on board in a design capacity, which is one of Obsidian's strengths."

The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter is currently parked at a little over $2.2 million with one week left on the clock. At this point it doesn't look like the project will follow the Double Fine Adventure into the magical $3 million territory but just in case, Fargo recently said that $2.5 million in funding will allow the addition of a couple more designers to the project, resulting in a bigger, deeper world with more storylines and options, while $3 million would make it "possible to do a mod kit without cutting into the plan for the main game."

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oh god...this is sounding even more and more amazing as i read up on it.

this might be the first time ever that i'm actually going to contribute, based on what i'm seeing so far.

me like.

I'm ecstatic they got to $2.1 million. The funding slowed to a trickle after that, though. I was thinking $3 million would be a possibility due to the previous rate of funding and the fact that people tend to love mod kits. But they've already been able to add so much.

Good job, internet!
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How much more do we have to donate to get Fargo to promise there won't be any Day-One DLC?

Hurry up Paypal. I need to give my damn donation!

Now if only they'll hire some testers...

Thats when it will be a day 1 for me

Now to see what state of bugginess it is at launch...

RaikuFA:
Now if only they'll hire some testers...

Thats when it will be a day 1 for me

shadowmagus:
Now to see what state of bugginess it is at launch...

all obsidian will do is the story nothing else And every buggy obsidian game was rushed.
Kotor 2 cut a year short.
Alpha protocol rushed
etc.

Never heard of Wasteland but I'm glad to see news that's getting people excited in a positive way.

I love Avellone, so this is a big plus for me. I'll almost definitely be picking this game up.

-Dragmire-:
Never heard of Wasteland but I'm glad to see news that's getting people excited in a positive way.

Hmmm, well if your interested "Wasteland" is abandonware, you could check sites like say "Abandonia" and DL a copy to try out, it's old (1988) but you might be able to see what the hype is about.

I'd post a direct link, but I'm not sure what The Escapist's official policy on Abandonware happens to be.

I'm also wondering if the Abandonware sites offering it (some are) are behind the times and if the game has again been picked up by it's original creators, which is another point for consideration at this point. Chances are when that happens (and people know about it for sure) the Abandonware sites will drop it since they typically do in cases like this.

That said, if the "Wasteland 2" team wants to secure a little extra funding, and they do regain the rights to the original, working out some deal with STEAM or GOG to release the game cheap and take a share of the profits might be worthwhile, especially as the hype for Wasteland 2 starts to climb.

Heck, if I was doing the Wasteland 2 project I'd do that, but then also offer some kind of party transfer benefit, encouraging people who haven't saved data since the 1980s waiting for this moment (lol) to purchuse and re-play the original.

rolfwesselius:

RaikuFA:
Now if only they'll hire some testers...

Thats when it will be a day 1 for me

shadowmagus:
Now to see what state of bugginess it is at launch...

all obsidian will do is the story nothing else And every buggy obsidian game was rushed.
Kotor 2 cut a year short.
Alpha protocol rushed
etc.

Dungeon Siege 3 being an obsidian game that uses obsidian's engine instead another company's, that game apparently being very stable.
Fallout New Vegas's QA being done by Bethesda.
(Thought I'd expand your et cetera)

OT: I believe the term I am looking for is "woot".

Therumancer:

-Dragmire-:
Never heard of Wasteland but I'm glad to see news that's getting people excited in a positive way.

Hmmm, well if your interested "Wasteland" is abandonware, you could check sites like say "Abandonia" and DL a copy to try out, it's old (1988) but you might be able to see what the hype is about.

I'd post a direct link, but I'm not sure what The Escapist's official policy on Abandonware happens to be.

I'm also wondering if the Abandonware sites offering it (some are) are behind the times and if the game has again been picked up by it's original creators, which is another point for consideration at this point. Chances are when that happens (and people know about it for sure) the Abandonware sites will drop it since they typically do in cases like this.

That said, if the "Wasteland 2" team wants to secure a little extra funding, and they do regain the rights to the original, working out some deal with STEAM or GOG to release the game cheap and take a share of the profits might be worthwhile, especially as the hype for Wasteland 2 starts to climb.

Heck, if I was doing the Wasteland 2 project I'd do that, but then also offer some kind of party transfer benefit, encouraging people who haven't saved data since the 1980s waiting for this moment (lol) to purchuse and re-play the original.

Heh, so it came out when I was 1, no wonder I'm not familiar with it.

Interesting, I'll look into it. I'll be going back to college soon for game development so I might as well check out a piece of gaming history I'm not familiar with.

Funny how people dump all over Obsidian and say that the game will be buggy now, as though ineXile isn't equally infamous for bugs...

If they reign in the graphics technology and keep the game 3/4 isometric or top down, keeping the bugs in check shouldn't be too terribly difficult.

Though it's worth noting that Wasteland 1 and both Fallouts are notoriously buggy as well, so it's not like it would be out of character for this style of game...

RaikuFA:
Now if only they'll hire some testers...

Thats when it will be a day 1 for me

Donate $55 and you'll get on the beta, amongst other things.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

Maybe if they stuck to one game at a time then maybe it wont suck great big donkey balls.

If I had more money...i'd back this game...unfortunately I already gave my money to Shadowrun Returns...

I've never been so excited for a long time now. It's certanly gonna rock! IT MUST!......

pandorum:
Maybe if they stuck to one game at a time then maybe it wont suck great big donkey balls.

As one of the last AAA independent devs it's not like they can just relax and take their time. Being an RPG developer they can't really choose that much as far as work goes, plus most of the time the bugtesting is done by the publisher and the publisher also gives the deadlines.

Soviet Heavy:
Hurry up Paypal. I need to give my damn donation!

http://wasteland.inxile-entertainment.com/pledge.php

I could see this kickstarter thing getting abused, but right now it is awesome

E.g. "for ten million dollars, EA will name the main character after you!"

Matthew94:

RaikuFA:
Now if only they'll hire some testers...

Thats when it will be a day 1 for me

Donate $55 and you'll get on the beta, amongst other things.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

maybe now we'll have a game not bugged to hell and back.

Great news that they made $2.1 million from this. With Chris & Obsidian on board I feel something very special may be on the cards here. I on the fence as to whether to up my pledge even more to help them get to their next milestone of $2.5 million, but I can't decide.

this can only be good.

Fook yeah. I've been hearing Kickstarters tend to spike towards the end, so hopefully it will do just enough to get that 2.5 mil. Either way, anything Obsidian has it's name on is an instant buy for me (Even if I hadn't already dropped 50 bucks on it before this lovely development).

I hope this means we'll hear more about their own Kickstarter in the near future. Something similar to Planescape or Fallout in style, with their own IP would be heavenly.

Hell, I'd support a Kickstarter just to buy the Alpha Protocol IP back from Sega for them. These guys need the support.

Awesome, between MS canceling that unannounced project and THQ cratering it's great to hear some good news concerning Obsidian. The fact that they're working on a new Wasteland is icing on the cake.

God you guys are still slow. They posted this news days ago. Chris Avellone said this on his twitter on the 6th.

Stilt:
I could see this kickstarter thing getting abused, but right now it is awesome

E.g. "for ten million dollars, EA will name the main character after you!"

Why would a multi-million dollar corporation accept donations to fund a project?

Kickstarter existed for years before this whole hubub started, and it's mostly done to fund charity projects and stuff like that. The thought that EA would simply auction off something like that is just silly.

DeadYorick:

Stilt:
I could see this kickstarter thing getting abused, but right now it is awesome

E.g. "for ten million dollars, EA will name the main character after you!"

Why would a multi-million dollar corporation accept donations to fund a project?

Kickstarter existed for years before this whole hubub started, and it's mostly done to fund charity projects and stuff like that. The thought that EA would simply auction off something like that is just silly.

Is it silly? Is it? IS IT?....... is it?
Im sure shit like this goes on somewhere behind the scenes. Take for example, the fact that Adam Jensen looks exactly like one of the developers, I mean identical.

Stilt:

Is it silly? Is it? IS IT?....... is it?
Im sure shit like this goes on somewhere behind the scenes. Take for example, the fact that Adam Jensen looks exactly like one of the developers, I mean identical.

Someone say Devil May Cry? :3

Odd that they aren't putting Avellone on writing. That's what he's best at (and by best, I mean damn near industry best). It's great to see a game like this come fruition. Between this and Shadowrun...oh my god...Kickstarter is my new best friend.

DRTJR:

Matthew94:

RaikuFA:
Now if only they'll hire some testers...

Thats when it will be a day 1 for me

Donate $55 and you'll get on the beta, amongst other things.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

maybe now we'll have a game not bugged to hell and back.

They already have one. It's called Dungeon Siege 3.

woodaba:

DRTJR:

Matthew94:

Donate $55 and you'll get on the beta, amongst other things.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

maybe now we'll have a game not bugged to hell and back.

They already have one. It's called Dungeon Siege 3.

I bean not bug tested by Bethesda, Like Fallout NV.

woodaba:
Odd that they aren't putting Avellone on writing. That's what he's best at (and by best, I mean damn near industry best). It's great to see a game like this come fruition. Between this and Shadowrun...oh my god...Kickstarter is my new best friend.

From what I understand, they've already got another writer to come up with the general direction of the story. That's the sort of thing you want nailed down long before you take an idea to Kickstarter. When Avellone says he'll most likely be involved in 'narrative design', he means he'll be taking that general design document and using it to write actual story and dialogue.

Patience, young grasshopper. Brian Fargo knows better than anyone else how unbelievable a writer Chris Avellone is. He wouldn't make such a noise about getting the best writer in the industry to work on Wasteland 2, only to have him twiddle away doing bug testing.

DRTJR:

woodaba:

DRTJR:
maybe now we'll have a game not bugged to hell and back.

They already have one. It's called Dungeon Siege 3.

I bean not bug tested by Bethesda, Like Fallout NV.

Yeah. Considering just how much people are donating (seriously, Gamers are awesome folk) hopefully we can enjoy Obsidian-level writing without fearing that the game will spontaneously combust at any moment.

EDIT: Sorry! I misinterpreted your post. I actually fully agree with you. Bethesda have just as bad, if not worse, bug testing than Obsidian.

Please god do NOT let Obsidian do the bug testing for this game, the UTTER mess that was New Vegas is proof enough that they should stick to what they are good at, story, and leave the level design and bug testing to someone that doesnt have their heads so far up their asses that they could miss a goddamn cowboy hat bug.....

 

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