First Wasteland 2 Gameplay Footage Emerges

First Wasteland 2 Gameplay Footage Emerges

One of the first Kickstarter-backed gaming projects gets a gameplay breakdown by inXile's Chris Keenan.

While some of the luster for crowd-funded games has faded in the wake of Kickstarter exhaustion, many developers who obtained their funds are still hard at work on their projects. Among these is inXile Entertainment's Wasteland 2, one of the first player-backed games to gain popular attention and a return to the universe that inspired the popular Fallout series. In the interest of keeping backers appraised on its progress, inXile Entertainment recently posted a 15-minute gameplay video that introduces viewers to Wasteland 2's world, combat, skills, and customization options.

The video opens with a brief introduction of Wasteland 2's story. Almost a century following a destructive nuclear war, the radiation that blanketed the American southwest is finally beginning to dim. As it does, the Desert Rangers from the original game start to pick up radio signals from other distant settlements, many of which are threatening and hostile. The Rangers nonetheless intend to continue their mission of providing order to the Wasteland, starting with a distress call from the nearby agricultural center.

The footage itself is narrated by development director Chris Keenan, who provides context to what has been constructed so far. If you've played the original Wasteland or Fallout, you'll probably notice that Wasteland 2 is strongly reminiscent of the classic RPGs. Keenan covers a lot of ground, but worth noting is inXile's emphasis on customization. Each character in the player's squad can be individually designed right down to their portraits (Keenan's team includes his two-year son and "resident dog designer" Chewie). Customization even extends to the UI itself, which can be completely altered or moved during play to suit your individual liking.

While Wasteland 2 appears to be in a playable state, inXile's Kickstarter page notes that development is only at the halfway point. There are reportedly many features to add, including sounds, particle effects, world map movement, and multiple combat variables. Wasteland 2 has a planned release for October 2013, at which point we'll find out how much the finished project resembles this already impressive demo.

Source: Kickstarter, via Joystiq

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Still disappointed.

The much vaunted return of old-school, turn based RPGs, and they serve get some of the most shallow combat I've ever seen in a turn based game.

This makes the new XCOM look like Dwarf Fortress.

YAY That looks damn awesome! This is the most excited I've been for a game in a LOOONG time! I'm gonna go play Fallout 2 now... so excited ^_^

Zhukov:
Still disappointed.

The much vaunted return of old-school, turn based RPGs, and they serve get some of the most shallow combat I've ever seen in a turn based game.

This makes the new XCOM look like Dwarf Fortress.

Calm down, we saw a prealpha version of the basic combat system so it of course looked basic.

wait until it comes out to really decide, at the moment it looks basic, however the team behind it has a lot of passion about this game, so give it time and we will hopefully see a good Turn Based RPG game return, if not, I'll continue with XCOM.

Looking quite bland at the moment but hopefully combat will look great like Xcom later on down the line.

Still laughing at the YT comments claiming it's the "real Fallout 3" even though Fallout 3 was great and well received anyway.

And here's also hoping it comes with all 3 difficulty modes to let enough people get into the gameplay and enjoy the story at the same time at their own pace.

I know it's meant to be based in a Wasteland but it's the same colours and design as so many "realistic" games. I want to like it but it looks so boring.

That's without mentioning the combat, which looks OK for now. I'm hoping Scorpid's right and it will improve.

Mikoi:
wait until it comes out to really decide, at the moment it looks basic, however the team behind it has a lot of passion about this game, so give it time and we will hopefully see a good Turn Based RPG game return, if not, I'll continue with XCOM.

I didn't buy XCOM (yet), so I don't know exactly how it plays, could you try to explain to me in which way is it different/better compared to what was shown in this video? Admittedly, the video doesn't show a lot of the combat system, so maybe there isn't enough to make a good comparison.

Looks like their on the right track. Here's hoping they flesh out combat and make it even better than XCOM's.

Xcom: New Vegas :P
looks nice, but I'm gunna wait until I can play it on PC.

Gameplay looks basic but thats expected this early and it has potential i cant wait to see how it looks out of the early builds im so glad i helped in its kickstarter

If Wasteland 2 can become a great success, it will go a long way towards freeing AAA games and their staggering budgets from corrupt big corporate publisher filth like EA. A lot of Kickstarter fence sitters may jump into the funding pool when they have big, proven titles under their belt.

Imagine if developers could KEEP the IP they work on. No corporate bloat. No monetization demands from on high. Answerable only to their customers. Hell, maybe even no DRM.

They had me sold on the text box continuously filling with details. That old school remnant is pretty much how I learned to read and it made me feel all nostalgic. Oh, is Enemy Unknown the bar to reach for tactical turn-based combat now?

Shadow-Phoenix:
Still laughing at the YT comments claiming it's the "real Fallout 3" even though Fallout 3 was great and well received anyway.

That doesn't mean it's a Fallout game. New Vegas was much more Fallout 3 than Fallout 3.

OT: This game looks excellent. I'm glad to see the genre is coming back, and I hope they can improve it and make it deeper as time goes on.

Shadow-Phoenix:
Looking quite bland at the moment but hopefully combat will look great like Xcom later on down the line.

Still laughing at the YT comments claiming it's the "real Fallout 3" even though Fallout 3 was great and well received anyway.

And here's also hoping it comes with all 3 difficulty modes to let enough people get into the gameplay and enjoy the story at the same time at their own pace.

Well, well recieved by most, not by them. The people who wanted a sequel to the original Fallout games in more than name only were understandably disappointed with the direction Bethesda took.

In any case, this is looking damn good. I'm not thrilled with the Keyword dialogue system, it feels like it makes the Rangers themselves kinda faceless and robotic, but I'm willing to give it a shot if the other NPCs are written well.

DVS BSTrD:
Xcom: New Vegas :P
looks nice, but I'm gunna wait until I can play it on PC.

You know that this is a PC exclusive right?

There seems to be a resurgence of top down turn based games recently, what with X-com, Omerta, and now this.

Some might lament about how the difficult curve is no longer a 90 degree angle but I believe it is for the best. Hell, I would never have even considered playing X-com if they kept it as complicated as it was originally.

Mcoffey:

Shadow-Phoenix:
Looking quite bland at the moment but hopefully combat will look great like Xcom later on down the line.

Still laughing at the YT comments claiming it's the "real Fallout 3" even though Fallout 3 was great and well received anyway.

And here's also hoping it comes with all 3 difficulty modes to let enough people get into the gameplay and enjoy the story at the same time at their own pace.

Well, well recieved by most, not by them. The people who wanted a sequel to the original Fallout games in more than name only were understandably disappointed with the direction Bethesda took.

In any case, this is looking damn good. I'm not thrilled with the Keyword dialogue system, it feels like it makes the Rangers themselves kinda faceless and robotic, but I'm willing to give it a shot if the other NPCs are written well.

I was one of those but understood their issue from the start, but I think they should of made DL exclusive PC version that was like original Fallout and that that shit would rake in money after how much people loved and revived the franchise with Fallout 3. But by my count Bethesda has done right by me with Fallout. I don't agree with everything but whatever it's a great two games they've published.
Proof of this is by how many people invested in Wasteland 2 for the promise of playing again the original style of Fallout. I think if Wasteland 2 does well separate from the original kickstarter fund raising then Bethesda will have to seriously consider doing that exactly, especially when you factor in the success of XCom revival.

Zhukov:
Still disappointed.

The much vaunted return of old-school, turn based RPGs, and they serve get some of the most shallow combat I've ever seen in a turn based game.

This makes the new XCOM look like Dwarf Fortress.

You don't know. You saw some early footage. This is why most companies "early footage" is actually late stage beta footage, people will just shit all over a game no matter how early in development the game is.

This game is looking great and I am excited for it.

I'm not sure what the first wasteland was like, a bit before my time, never saw footage, but this looks quite a bit like Fallout Tactics. While it's really cool to see a game of the same kind coming out, I can't help but feel I'm going to be treading the same ground again...

Your Gaffer:

Zhukov:
Still disappointed.

The much vaunted return of old-school, turn based RPGs, and they serve get some of the most shallow combat I've ever seen in a turn based game.

This makes the new XCOM look like Dwarf Fortress.

You don't know. You saw some early footage. This is why most companies "early footage" is actually late stage beta footage, people will just shit all over a game no matter how early in development the game is.

This game is looking great and I am excited for it.

Equally excited and bloody glad i backed it!

As to bland combat remember this is the first encounter from the game. The fights are likely to be quite simple as most games dont throw you into a complex, confused fight right off the bat. I imagine as the characters level the complexities will stack up

Scorpid:
Calm down, we saw a prealpha version of the basic combat system so it of course looked basic.

And they were fighting what appeared to be some of the weakest enemies in the game.

You didn't need to use tactics to fight rats or ants in the first two Fallout games. Just point and shoot/stab.

Genocidicles:

Scorpid:
Calm down, we saw a prealpha version of the basic combat system so it of course looked basic.

And they were fighting what appeared to be some of the weakest enemies in the game.

You didn't need to use tactics to fight rats or ants in the first two Fallout games. Just point and shoot/stab.

Yeah, I suspect this

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will provide more of a challenge.

Ah wasteland. That brings back memories. I remember finding a howitzer and playing around with it. Damn thing leveled like two city blocks. I just quickly snuck away that time *whistles innocently*.

I love the concept art for this new title. Game play looks decent so far too. Look forward to seeing more about this.

I hope these guys take a page from the Fallout: Tactics book of how to make an RPG/Tactical game.

I hope they improve on that cover mechanic and line of sight. Nobody has a cone of vision that small.

Shadow-Phoenix:
Looking quite bland at the moment but hopefully combat will look great like Xcom later on down the line.

Still laughing at the YT comments claiming it's the "real Fallout 3" even though Fallout 3 was great and well received anyway.

And here's also hoping it comes with all 3 difficulty modes to let enough people get into the gameplay and enjoy the story at the same time at their own pace.

Fallout 3 was great but very different from Fallout 1 and 2, which were also great games in a different way. So people are making that comment not to denigrate Fallout 3 but to celebrate the return of a type of RPG thought to dead.

Quellist:

Your Gaffer:

Zhukov:
Still disappointed.

The much vaunted return of old-school, turn based RPGs, and they serve get some of the most shallow combat I've ever seen in a turn based game.

This makes the new XCOM look like Dwarf Fortress.

You don't know. You saw some early footage. This is why most companies "early footage" is actually late stage beta footage, people will just shit all over a game no matter how early in development the game is.

This game is looking great and I am excited for it.

Equally excited and bloody glad i backed it!

As to bland combat remember this is the first encounter from the game. The fights are likely to be quite simple as most games dont throw you into a complex, confused fight right off the bat. I imagine as the characters level the complexities will stack up

I'm a back as well and really looking forward to this game's release.

So glad this looks good. Cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Shadow-Phoenix:
Looking quite bland at the moment but hopefully combat will look great like Xcom later on down the line.

Still laughing at the YT comments claiming it's the "real Fallout 3" even though Fallout 3 was great and well received anyway.

And here's also hoping it comes with all 3 difficulty modes to let enough people get into the gameplay and enjoy the story at the same time at their own pace.

Well considering who is behind this game, it is as close as your going to get to a "Real" Fallout 3. I'm not saying Fallout 3 is a bad game, I love it but it is a bad Fallout game.

I thought it looked kind of "close up" for an isometric view. It looked like it would really annoying to look at after a while. And keeping track of what was going on in larger skirmishes would be annoying and frustrating. But perhaps that's just because this is a youtube video. The real deal might be better.

Otherwise I like what I'm seeing so far. If it keeps looking good I might buy it.

 

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