The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter is now live!
In 1988, Brian Fargo, Alan Pavlish, Michael Stackpole and Ken St. Andre created a computer RPG called Wasteland that followed the exploits of a squad of Desert Rangers as they roamed the blasted wastes of a post-apocalyptic Earth. It was deep, it was glorious and when hassles over rights to the IP prevented a sequel, it served as the inspiration for the far-more-famous post-nuclear RPG series Fallout. And now, hopefully. it's on the way back.
The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter went live today with a goal of $900,000 and while it's not running away with it quite as quickly as the wildly successful Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter, at this point it appears well on its way to success. Over $80,000 has been pledged in just the first few hours of the first day and Fargo noted on Twitter, perhaps with just a touch of exaggeration, that the $1000 tier, limited to 100 backers, "will be sold out before the West Coast wakes up."
Speaking of tiers, fans who pledge a minimum of $15 will receive a DRM-free copy of Wasteland 2 plus a "unique and quirky" party skill that will only be available to backers. Higher pledges bring better rewards: $50 gets a boxed copy of the game and an early release of the first part of a Wasteland 2 "episodic novella" written by Michael Stackpole; $100 earns the "premium collector's edition" of the boxed game, a Wasteland miniature and your name in the credits; $1000 gets your name into the game as an NPC, weapon or location; $10,000 gets you an invite to a party with Fargo, Pavlish and company, plus an in-game shrine in your honor and a boatload of other stuff. There are plenty of other in-between options as well.
The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter, which runs until the morning of April 17, is up now at kickstarter.com.