Wasteland, the post-apocalyptic RPG that inspired Fallout, is getting a separate release after all.
It was good news and bad news last year when Brian Fargo announced that Wasteland 2, currently in the works at inXile Entertainment, would include a copy of the original Wasteland - but that under EA's terms of licensing, it wouldn't be re-released as a stand-alone game. Today, however, it's all good news.
"As you may know, we had a deal in place with EA to give all our Wasteland 2 backers (including late backers) a copy of Wasteland 1, which was to be integrated and launched from the game's menu like the original Bard's Tale trilogy into the new Bard's Tale," Fargo wrote in the latest Wasteland 2 Kickstarter update.
"We recently went to talk with EA to try and get it out in a different, separate format, and they accommodated our idea," he continued. "We've now inked a new deal where we'll be able to release Wasteland 1 separately. After getting the game in our hands and ensuring it runs on modern machines, we plan to distribute it FOR FREE to all our backers before Wasteland 2's release, as well as sell it on GOG.com and Steam."
No date or pricing info has been released but the simple fact that it's happening is pretty exciting news. Wasteland is a seriously retro slice of gaming by any measure, but it's a great game (even if only from a historical perspective) that's been out of the reach of gamers for far too long.
Oh, and since we're talking about it, here are a few new Wasteland 2 screens and a character portrait to enjoy. Enjoy!
Wasteland 2 is currently expected to be out in October.