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Wasteland 2 has been released to great acclaim, earning Game of the Year from PCWorld, and reaching #1 on the Steam sales charts. Now, the Director's Cut comes as a free PC update to all backers as our thanks for making the game happen!
Wasteland 2 has been released to great acclaim, earning Game of the Year from PCWorld, and reaching #1 on the Steam sales charts. Now, the Director's Cut comes as a free PC update to all backers as our thanks for making the game happen!
61,290 backers pledged $2,933,252 to help bring this project to life.

Game of the Year Edition Coming Free to All Owners

Posted by inXile entertainment (Creator)

Greetings, Exiles,

A big announcement for all of you who have supported us from the start, but before we jump into that we wanted to let you know we are in the final stretches of preparing our Kickstarter for our next big game, The Bard’s Tale IV. If you loved Wasteland 2, nothing speaks more to that than continuing to support our independence in making these types of games, and we’d love to have you back! You can sign up to get an alert when we launch the Bard’s Tale campaign over on our official website. And now on to our big news…

You may have caught word of our plans to release Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition on PC platforms, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - and if you haven't, you can check out some tidbits on the PlayStation blog, or watch the Xbox One or PS4 trailer. But while that's all well and good, we've been asked by many of our backers and fans over the last months: what about those that made Wasteland 2 a reality in the first place, or previously purchased the game?

We’re very happy to announce that the Game of the Year Edition will be coming as a FREE UPDATE to all owners of Wasteland 2 on Windows, Mac or Linux. Whether an original backer, a late backer or someone who purchased the game later on, we will be providing Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition as an upgrade to your PC version of the game, available to you when it launches in late summer of this year!

Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition will include a huge set of improvements on the original game. Wasteland 2 will be making the jump to Unity 5, the latest version of the Unity game engine, and benefits from updated environment textures, completely redone character models, and Physically Based Rendering for more impressive lighting. We’ve added a ton of new voice-over to enrich the game's cast of characters, including your trusted companions.

The Game of the Year Edition also provides major updates to gameplay.

One feature we're very proud of is our new Perks & Quirks system, which we've teased a little bit previously with Eurogamer. In the GOTY Edition, you'll be able to customize your squad of Desert Rangers with over 80 Perks & 20 Quirks, which let you fine-tune your characters throughout the game with unique bonuses and trade-offs. For instance, with Way of the Squeezins you'll become a little bit dependent on that special sauce, but gain some short-lived combat bonuses; Raised in the Circus will make you more nimble in combat, but you can bet there's a downside or two to looking like a clown.

Our fans have also pointed out that one feature they loved in previous RPGs is the ability to do more finely targeted attacks. Well, we've been hard at work on that too. Our new Precision Strike system lets Rangers target individual body parts on enemies to gain the edge in combat.

Wasteland 2's Precision strikes will tend towards less random and more reliable. With Precision Strikes, you'll be able to inflict debilitating status effects on your enemies to turn the tactical tide. For example, aiming for an enemy's torso will reduce their armor value, letting you hit them harder with your other squadmates, and firing on their head (or CPU, as the case may be) has a chance to stun or even send them into a psychotic state where they won't be able to tell friend from foe. With Precision Strikes the battlefield becomes much more dynamic and chaotic.

Finally, to improve on the gameplay experience and ensure the above features are fitted in seamlessly, we're also overhauling game balance, item drops, and reworking the majority of combat encounters throughout the game. You'll need all your training and smarts to master the new dangers of the Arizona wastes.

We'll have more to talk about as we get closer to release, as we're not quite ready to show off these features in the flesh, but if you’re hungry for more right now, Eurogamer has the most expansive interview on the Game of the Year Edition available, with me and Brian explaining the update and showing examples of the upgrades. You can also read more on GameranxShacknews and Gaming Bolt.

Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition is coming to you free as our way of thanking you for all your support. In an age of paid DLC and microtransactions, we’re thankful that you’ve given us an alternative way to make games we love. We’re very proud of what you’ve helped us accomplish and very happy that our business model is based on mutual trust and support, and this is part of that.

Of course, that's not all for us. While the Wasteland team is hard at work and Torment is moving along in full production, we're also positively boiling with excitement to show you more of our third project, The Bard’s Tale IV, which we will bring to crowdfunding later, so keep your eyes open for more news on that. With your continued support, it's going to be a crazy and awesome year for us!

Chris Keenan,
Project Lead

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    1. deonast on

      Great news. Know my most recent kickstarter backing game "The Bard's Tale IV" is in good hands with these developers.

    2. Alex Spry on

      David Mecone, have you tried the GOG Galaxy client?

    3. David Mecone on

      I previously chose to get the GOG edition of Wasteland 2, but really wish I had chosen to get it on Steam -- GOG patching is AWFUL :(

      Is there any way I can get the GOTY edition via Steam instead of GOG?

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      Danijel Boskovic on

      See now this is how you run a campaign that respects its backers. Thank you so much guys, you rock!

      One question though, I can never seem to find a projected release date for the GOTY, any idea when that is?

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      Evan Griffith on

      Will controller support be available for the Steam version of GOTY Edition? I want to play it with the controller, but I already own two copies of the game on PC.

    6. Karl J Collier on

      Will there be more character 'heads' that actually look like the ethnicity they're supposed to? New clothes/armour?

    7. tarasis on

      Whats the status of Chris Avellone's novella turned novel? Is it still in the works?

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      Nicolas Leonard on

      @Thomas Beekers: Sounds good, thanks!

    9. Thomas Beekers

      @Nicolas Leonard We're looking into having the GotYE a separate SKU on Steam. It's such a hugely different version it makes sense to treat it as a separate release. If we do that you'd be able to finish your current playthrough on the old version before launching a new one in GotYE

    10. dal on

      Thanks a lot, inXile!

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      Andreas Wesik on

      Thank you! Makes me not so sad about not having had time to play the game yet. :D
      By the way, do you have a page with all the changelogs from patches so far?
      I'm kind of interested to see how much has changed since I just fired the game up as soon as I got it on steam way back in 2014.

    12. Mark L

      Really great news. Thanks for the continued support.

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      Nicolas Leonard on

      Thanks for the answers, inXile.

      Just to clarify though, this will be an automatic update for the game on Steam? So... I need to hurry up and finish my current playthrough before this update comes out or I will lose my save?

    14. inXile entertainment 3-time creator on

      To clarify:

      The GotY Edition will be free to all owners on PC platforms, as an update to your PC version of the game.

      Save games from the original version will not work in this version. Not just did we port to a new engine, but there are a ton of changes all throughout the game's balance, systems and encounter design. Functionally it's like a brand new game.

      As we explained in an older update, moving to Unity 5 was a part of our progress towards releasing tools for modding.

    15. cthuun on

      so as a backer - i will get the updated GOTY version of wasteland2 - for my PS4, too ??

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      tbrass on

      The GOTY edition sounds fantastic, thank you for the update. One question:
      Will it include modding tools?

    17. Navagon on

      Outstanding! I was hoping for one more spit and polish patch to tidy things up and instead you drop this gorgeous looking freebie on us instead. I love you guys!

    18. Glen Bodor on

      This is absolutely freaking cool. Thanks guys!!

    19. dungeoncrawl on

      Absolutely loved my first play through. My favorite game of 2014 by far. I'll be replaying through come summer to see the awesome changes. I'll be pledging a buttload of $$$ on Bards Tale cause, well, I love you guys. :)

    20. Ryan "Keokuk" Smith on

      B) What a wonderful thing to do. +1

    21. Daniel

      Things I am more curious about:

      Will there be an improved interface to interact with characters not currently in your party but you have recruited (and will these gain xp to stay on par with the ones you are using) ?

      Will we get better (actual) control over "npcs" that join the party on a single map, so keeping them alive won't be an exercise in frustrations?

      Will the ending still render several characters pointless to level up, as having them in your party at that point will be detrimental to you as they currently are?

      These were the things that pissed me off while playing, and if all you are doing is shining up graphics, I feel you are adressing the wrong things.

    22. ☜☆RSF☆☞ on

      Fantastic - you guys & gals are awesome!! Thanks for the free update!! Also - can't wait till the new Kickstarter!!

    23. DeeK on

      While I'm not involved with creating the game, since this update is a gameplay and graphical update, it seems to me that current savegames should work fine with the new release. At least, that's my intuition. Bar the Perks and Quirks (which looks simultaneously awesome and hilarious ... way of the squeezins .. hah!), there doesn't seem to be any intrinsic changes to the character stats, status, and game story, which is what a savegame should be tracking.

      Thanks for keeping the game updated, inXile. No, not just updated. Hugely upgraded! This Kickstarter project is like opening up a birthday present every month.

    24. Nerdy Suit on

      I have a similar question to Jim -- I have loved the game and I have over 60 hours into it. I was going to finish it, but this makes me want to wait to finish it until the update comes out...but if I do, will my current save transfer over to the update?

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      Jim on

      Will the GOTY be a new game, as in separate from the old version? I waited for my physical goods to arrive before I started playing, and since that took quite a while I got a late start. I played pretty much non-stop every day for weeks, then took a break from the game after reaching Hollywood. I plan to go back and finish soon, but just in case, I don't want the game to update and have to start over. I'd rather go back and play a new game on the GOTY after I finish my current game.

    26. Glenn Hansen on

      Awesome stuff, guys. I, for one, will definitely continue to support your efforts.

    27. A.D. Olson on

      I hope this means controller support and readable text for those of us running a Steam Machine-type of setup in our living rooms.

    28. Welverin on

      Do you plan on doing the limited early bird tiers for Bard's Tale like you did for Torment? Because if you do I can guarantee I will not back it.

    29. T.J. Brumfield on

      @Brian Hacking How would VR work for a third-party squad-based game? Occulus Rift has basic support for Unity 5 and vice-versa but VR support means completely rethinking UI. And this isn't a FPS.

    30. John Dominguez on

      Now this is how a company should support their customers!! Not double dip for upgrades, like ahem State of Decay.

    31. Bogoy Hafner on

      Great news :) ... though I suppose savegames will no longer work from the old version? (still on my intial playthrough :P )

    32. inXile entertainment 3-time creator on

      @Filipe Soares Dilly: we hope to include gamepad support on PC, yes. You will be able to toggle which mode you want (gamepad or keyboard/mouse).

    33. Filipe Soares Dilly on

      I work all day usign mouse and tablet (wacom), and at the end of the day I'm really tired of then. Can we have the Gamepad support on PC now that you guys are putting it on Consoles?

      Anyway thanks for the great game and for the Linux support! I really liked it! :D

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      Brian Hacking on

      Hey, since you are going to Unity 5, can we get a VR mode for this?

      There is something very compelling about controlling little people in VR in 3rd person. I know that is a stretch, but it might be a fun side project for someone to work on.

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      Karl Malm on

      Strangely enough I would've plonked down a few bucks for an upgrade, but since you're being generous, I'll just settle for buying a few copies for my buds :)

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      Wyatt Harris on

      Very generous InXile. Thanks!

    37. Jeremie Lariviere

      Big update, very cool!
      And Yay, Bard's Tale!

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      DerekG on

      Just no singing gnomes in the new Bards Tale alright?

    39. Mike Jenkins on

      Awesome! Will this have the console gamepad control scheme as an option too? Would love to play some Wasteland 2 in the living room.

    40. Tomimt on

      This is great news indeed. I've already played W2 through once, but I've been putting off a second playthrough. Now after this one hits I'll be surely to give it an another spin.

    41. TheChosenOne on

      Still haven't started playing yet due to patches and stuff in the beginning and Diablo 3/Dota 2 later so great news. ^^

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      Nicolas Leonard on

      That's quite an update, good work guys. Now, like some others here, I'm also wondering if old saves will be compatible though, since I'm in the middle of a playthrough.

    43. Craig on

      Love everything you guys do, you just practically made Wasteland 2 a new game! Will be throwing my money at my monitor for Bards Tale.

    44. Tobias.Wolter on

      Thanks a lot, Wasteland 2 Team!

    45. Zombra on

      Insert generic message of support here. Way to go, guys. :)

    46. J.R. Riedel on

      You are one of the two video game companies which continue to impress me. I'll do what I can to continue supporting you in the future!

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      Michael Bilodeau on

      And it is things like this why I will be pledging for bards tale the second I see it hit. Thank you guys for making great games and for helping reinforce the reputation of kickstarter as a place to come to get great games!

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      lovfro on

      Feeling good about my decision to held off playing the game until it is done (regardless of whether it's released or not.) Seems like that will probably be late this summer then.