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Wasteland 2 is a sequel to the amazingly popular 1988 RPG Wasteland and the post-apocalyptic predecessor to the Fallout Series.
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.

What an incredible week!

What an incredible week this has been. The outpouring of support and faith is nothing like I have ever had before (except maybe from my Mom), and for the first time in years it feels good to be in the games business. I have always loved both making and playing games, but the business side of it has been painful at times. In fact, there were a couple times the frustration with publishers was so high I considered stopping. It just seemed like the era of purity was over. Even when Interplay was a large company there was such a positive vibe with everyone pulling in the same direction with a real passion for their job. I frequently run into the folks I worked with in those days, and this same memory of those times remains with them.

One friend of mine who worked with me there said recently he felt that in the beginning of the industry all the nerds were in charge, but then as the industry grew it changed, and now the guys that picked on the nerds got back on top. I think there was some great truth to that. We all hope this movement is bigger than just Tim Schafer or Brian Fargo as we want to get power back into the developers hands again. And the unbelievable Indie scene shows that there is momentum in that direction. The development community continues to pull itself together to ensure their success. They share tools, they share statistics, they share ideas, and the biggest donators in Kickstarter are always developers. All of this reminds me of the freshness the industry had in the late 80′s through mid 90′s in which creativity was being directed only by the gamers. The gamers will always rule at the end of the day.

You will probably hear me thanking you all a hundred more times, but again, thanks for giving us this opportunity to do what we do best. Make games!

-Brian Fargo


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      Michael Lim on March 31, 2012

      Brian, congrats! You've got 16 days left to go and it looks like you're going to clear the $2.1 million you need to make Wasteland 2 truly epic. How about another funny video while we're waiting for the closing bell?

    2. Carlos Leituga on March 31, 2012

      With Obsidian's writing talent on board, can we expect that the boxed copy comes with a manual filled with lore and short stories?

    3. JJL on March 30, 2012

      Dang it, wasn't supposed to post that here, was supposed to post that at update 7...

    4. JJL on March 30, 2012

      To everyone complaining about Obsidian 1) One reason why their games are so buggy is that their M.O. is getting only paid to create game and not get any money for how much game sells, so when the release date for the game comes, they have to release it and can't delay it. And publishes for some reasons don't bother with fixing bugs.

      2) This is chart of possible way to complete ONE quest in Fallout New Vegas. One VERY minor quest. Obsidian is great at designing quests so that you can complete them in multiple ways, the ways you want to complete them.

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      Entrei on March 22, 2012

      Brian: When I first played Wasteland I was in High School. Here we are 20+ years later and if there is one piece of wisdom I'd pass on it would be this: Continue to believe, never quit, and continue to pursue your dream with this. Your passion for this has already brought you this far, keep up the good work!

    6. Tiago on March 21, 2012

      Give me good game.

    7. Datayum on March 21, 2012

      I love your approach of it all, keep the spirit !

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      Boo the Hamster on March 21, 2012

      great, i hope all those money will be put to good use. Brian Fargo is a great guy, and i guess that his men won't screw this one up.

    9. Brian on March 21, 2012

      Yeah I'm glad it's coming for Mac

    10. Paul Chaplin (@CottlestonPie) on March 20, 2012

      @Zachary McDowell: Reaching $1.5M (which now seems more than certain) means we'll get it on Linux and OS X, as well as Windows. :) From the source:

    11. Zachary McDowell on March 20, 2012

      I saw a comment that if this gets over 1.5m there will be Mac version - I am hoping this will be true, as I originally played Wasteland on my Apple IIE

    12. Padraic on March 20, 2012

      Nerds rule! :-)>

    13. David Lindahl on March 20, 2012

      I hear you, backing the exact same gams ;) Can't wait!

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      Ivo Lajcsak on March 20, 2012

      Wasteland - wow what a game ... kept me awake some nights and away from studying ... which I probably should have done back then.
      Still remembering the day I couldn't get going on ... "Nothing will get you beyond this point..." So I went to bed. Woke up some hours later and got the solution - it was sooo obvious, but apparently I needed some sleep
      - went on playing 'til sunrise ;-)
      Somehow it's quite difficult to get games with riddles/puzzles and a good captivating story anymore. But maybe it's just getting older :-D
      Really looking forward to No.2
      Go for it guys!

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      Stephen Weddig on March 20, 2012

      I still dream of the beauty that was Wasteland on Apple II- That game was real role playing- not just fighting bad guys but changing the environment, eating Hobo Dogs and drinking Snake Squeezins.
      And who could forget the code book- I must have read through that thing about 50 times. I still use the line URABUTLN on my wife (since by coincidence her name fits!)
      Course back then I was about 13...
      Great work guys and I can't wait to play this game!

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      G97_BoKeRoN on March 20, 2012

      Man, I must block any kickstarter project notice... with Wasteland 2, Double Fine Adventure and Faster Than Light, I spent more money in future games that in actual games to play...

      I never played the original wasteland, but spent a lot of time with Fallout 1 & 2. And Mr. Fargo has all my confidence. I only hope an spanish sub version of Wasteland 2 (hey, as you noticed, my english is far from perfect...)

    17. Dave Grandisson on March 20, 2012

      I remember how much time i could spend on those old games back then when developers were in charge of those projects. i really miss the old days... you and mr. schafer gave us a chance to help you break the publisher's influence, now that we gave you the power to do so, its your turn to show us what you're made of ;) amaze us !

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      Brian Colby on March 20, 2012

      I'm finally encouraged by a trend in the games industry for the first time in quite some time. Let's hope that the Baldur's Gate 3 project that was mentioned is funded in a similar way. I funded both this and the Double Fine project despite not being a Wasteland fan, and will continue to fund similar projects in the future. Let's try to get this beyond 1.5 mil, eh? At 2 mil, I can only imagine just how awesome Wasteland 2 would end up....

    19. Ruthaniel van den Naar on March 19, 2012

      Good to heard this, but i remember on Matt Chat 2 years ago when you said, that industry state is ok.. because of money. Now you are saying truth finaly. I realy hate new age Bards Tale crap, its time to make better games, but dont forget on good in new technologies..

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      Brian Schweitzer on March 19, 2012

      The original game was the best game ever made, in my opinion. I've played through enough times over the years that I could probably draw all the maps, pixel by pixel, from memory. :D I hope there's some easter eggs for those of us who'd recognize them - Wasteland super loot bags, Bard's Tale's 50 berzerkers, escaping from hell, a crazed escapee from vault 13... just some minor things to make us all smile. What made me decide to plop down $50, though, is this: "No first person shooter, we’re going top down so you get a tactical feel for the situation." Fallout 3 was a huge disappointment; I loved the first, but the last didn't even feel like fallout to me.

    21. That Kids Book on March 19, 2012

      I'd love to see the theme of religious extremism explored in a post-apocalyptic setting: how religious leaders might capitalize (or dwindle) based on the events Wasteland 2. A subtle commentary on extremism might be interesting on both ends of the spectrum--or shades of gray between.

    22. Patrick Watson on March 19, 2012

      At the age of 44 i never thought id see the likes of this again,Interplay and black isle made ALL my favourite games,every game these days is a clone of a clone of a clone,safe don't risk anything new don't do anything that's not going to appeal to EVERYONE ETC ETC.Yes this game maybe wont appeal to everyone but it will appeal to those that matter and want it and the number of pledges speaks for its self.Great job and if it takes longer to make right,then take longer,but im gonna miss alot of sleep till its out lol.

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      kelsey winterkorn on March 19, 2012

      THANK YOU for going back to isometric turn based tactics!!!

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      Simon Lachance on March 19, 2012

      I'm a little too young to remember Wasteland, but Fallout, BG, and Planescape are some of my favorite games of all time, and the strength of those titles compel me. Good luck, guys!

    25. Corey Howard on March 19, 2012

      As a gamer I feel exactly the same way you feel. It seems that these days developers are the slaves being forced into creating something they don't want. I was seriously considering dropping out of the gaming scene until you and Tim decided to do something about it. You with all of your amazing talent decided to reclaim what is rightfully yours. You have my backing =)

    26. Gary Marshall on March 19, 2012

      @James Fox - The digital versions can be activated on Steam or whatever DRM-free digital distribution services they use, as mentioned on the FAQ on the main page.

      The only Steam-only release is the beta access you get with the $75 tier and above, because they don't want to release the beta without DRM (Doublefine are doing something similar, IIRC.)

      I never played the first game, but I cannot wait to play this, as the original Fallout is still the pinnacle of RPGs to me, so a new turn based isometric RPG is something I'm willing to pay a good bit of money for. It's going to be an exciting 18 months.

    27. Michael Zautner on March 19, 2012

      @James Fox- Says right there you get a digital copy and a boxed copy, so you actually get two copies of the game.

      Also, does anyone else think a bird shooting gun would be a great easter egg gag gun based on the pitch video?

    28. James Fox on March 19, 2012

      Will the $50 pledge not include a Digital Version? Will it have the option to activate on Steam, or which ever client you are going to be activating the DRM free digital versions?

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      Kalum on March 19, 2012

      Wasteland was my first RPG back in the Commodore 64 days. My second being The Bard's Tale. I remember saving my allowances for months so I could purchase everything with the Interplay Stamp on it!
      I just found out about this project and it bring a sense of Joy similar to those days.
      THANK YOU Mr. Fargo !!
      For all those sleepless nites when I was a kid, and for many more to come!

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      Alluvian_Est-Endrati on March 19, 2012

      Looks like it is wise to never underestimate the power of fandom. Always nice when it is used for good instead of evil of course!

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      Kevin LaVelle on March 19, 2012

      No one makes games like Wasteland anymore. The fact that this project is even on the table is amazing!

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      Kristoffer Ådin on March 19, 2012

      Andrey Livanov, there is a Baldur's Gate in remake right now.

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      Ben Henson on March 19, 2012

      You had me sold at "turn-based"!

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      Ukiome on March 19, 2012

      Yes. More power to the developers I look forward to some pure gaming. I haven't played Wasteland but I have very fond memories of long nights with Fallout 1 and 2 and Baldurs Gate 1 and 2.

      Thanks for taking my money!

    35. Andrey Livanov on March 19, 2012

      Strange, that only few people name Baldur's Gate and Planescape in comments...

    36. Zachary Hamilton on March 18, 2012

      Fallout was was the first (real) computer game I played and eventually I found out about Wasteland, which was amazing. If anyone important sees this I would just like to say thank you.

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      Raith_Sienar on March 18, 2012

      Wasteland 2 is going to need mod support, just saying (and will continue to say in every update.)

    38. Matthew Siebenhühner on March 18, 2012

      I seriously hope you can get the Mac OSX support...But otherwise, I am looking forward to this!

    39. ShinKagato on March 18, 2012

      I never played the original Wasteland but i played the original Fallout titles, getting to play the game that inspired a series i hold close to my heart is going to be amazing! I hope youll consider this method with other games further down the line, there are many titles a big publisher wont fund, but that dosent mean we dont want them.

    40. Jeremie Lariviere
      on March 18, 2012

      The one thing I would Really, Really, LOVE would be a modern version of Stonekeep!

    41. Matthew Farmery on March 18, 2012

      yes Im eagerly looking forward to next month when it should be released, I knew about the game for a while and have been tracking its progress, good news they are on RC3 so I can't wait for that game

    42. Jacek Muszyński on March 18, 2012

      Hell yeah, old school games back!
      Cant wait for Wasteland 2 and Grimrock!
      Have You seen that guys?

    43. Matthew Farmery on March 18, 2012

      well there is a HD version of BG 1 and 2 in the works, very little to really go on, (I just hope it doesn't get ruined by been a console first version, PC last, and that its true to the original games

      I have my fingers crossed

      but I would like to see a planescape Torment HD / remake done, as I feel the story of that and setting is way better

      as for the update, its been a roller-coaster of a ride, pretty sure its going to reach a good figure by the end of the period, and I fully agree to what Brian Fargo said, for too long publishers have done a great deal of damage to the gaming industry. if the likes of DFA and wasteland turns making and developing / selling games on it's head, then the PC market will survive, let publishers ruin the console market, its all they really care for anyway. I want to see old classic types of games making a comeback, and I for one, do not care about graphics, if the game has great gameplay, then graphics DO NOT MATTER!!!
      I hope this project and DFA can prove making games without publishers can happen, and prove there is a market for older style types of games that the publishers no longer care about. keep up the good work we are all doing, lets get this project funded even higher then it is now

    44. Raais Mohd Azhar on March 18, 2012

      Happy to help because I know it would be an awesome game :)

    45. Katrina Krulla on March 18, 2012

      After wasteland can we get a game like Baldur's Gate? A massively open RPG? I nearly flunked out of college because of that game. I would be sure to find 10k for a modern day Baldur type game.

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      Kristoffer Ådin on March 18, 2012

      I really hope kickstarter will bring the large greedy companies down like they deserve.

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      Sean on March 18, 2012

      Happy to help, hopefully this will do away with the awful pre-order exclusive crap and lies that are so common among AAA+ titles and publishers, i wish you, tim and brian all the luck in the world.

    48. Vyse on March 18, 2012

      Well that's not QUITE true ishinken. I'd say there are games that have a heavy focus on gameplay like Skyward Sword or Dark Souls for example. But for the majority of games on the market what you said is true. Games get influenced to a degree where they completely change their genre to cater to "hat's popular" at the moment. Just look at Mass Effect and how it changed from ME1 to ME3. Or look at this article:

      The worst thing about this is that it's also a selffulfilling prophecy. If they only put effort/money into shooters with a lot of graphic fluff, then of course that is the only thing that'll sell and then the "numbers" say it's popular and that we need to make more. bah.

      I had a similar feeling to Brian about the industry. It began with people who loved games so much that they started to create their own, but once that actually became a viable buisiness, the buisinessmen invaded the industry. The kinds of people who care for the money and not the product, that are in every major industry and keep ruining products left and right. I guess I'm starting to ramble now though...

      I am not sure how many more projects can be funded like this or if this could happen again for a wasteland 3, but for now let's enjoy the moment and bring back happiness into the industry.

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    50. Vincent on March 18, 2012

      This might not change the industry but if it means that the community gets a bigger voice in what gets developed and are able to directly support the developers that have provided some quality fun all these years. Then power to the people. +1 Kickstarter and Wasteland. Respect!