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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.

Even politicians agree that Kickstarter is awesome!

I just read an article on President Obama’s Jobs Act getting bipartisan support and being signed into law. When the Obama White House AND the House Republicans can agree on something it is a pretty big deal. While the bill is not just about Kickstarter, it is about small companies, like inXile, turning to the internet to get funding that they need to grow and create jobs. I know a lot of you are involved in this project mostly because you are excited about the game, but seeing the news today about this Jobs Bill reminded me of some of the real impact this Kickstarter will have on the lives of the people that will be working hard the next 18 months to make the game.

All of the money we raise through Kickstarter is being spent on making the game. Most of the cost of development is in paying for the team to create the game. There will be a team of engine programmers, game-play programmers, UI engineers, character artists, environment artists, animators, effects artists, UI Artists, sound designers, composers, writers, game designers, systems designers, level scripters, and testers. Not to mention all the interns it will take to handle the mailing out of the physical goods. It is simple math that the bigger this budget gets, the more jobs it will create. The bigger the team, the deeper and bigger the game gets. If you want a deeper and larger game, and we think that you do, you want us to raise as much money as possible to spend on the game.

Did I just hear all 43,000+ of you say ‘How can we help?’

I am glad you asked!!

One thing you will notice in that list of potential jobs above is that nowhere in that list do you see ‘Marketing Lady’ or ‘PR Guy’. That is because we don’t have these positions, nor do we plan to hire them. We want to spend the money on the game, and only the game.

This is where you come in…

All 43,000+ of you are our marketing and PR team. We need your help to get the word out that the Kickstarter countdown is on.

• Post to your Facebook pages with links back to the Kickstarter.
• Follow @BrianFargo on twitter and retweet my Wasteland related tweets.
• Post it to forums where you think it is relevant.
• Send emails out to everyone you know.
• Go to our website and put our Doomsday countdown clock on your website.
• Get a friend or family member to buy in.
• Shout it from the rooftop.
• Do some early shopping for Christmas 2013!

If every person who has pledged manages to get one more person to buy in for $15, we will increase the budget by over $600,000. You can help the project in very tangible ways by helping us get the word out.

Lastly, I am very excited to release the first official piece of Wasteland 2 concept art. We asked the very talented Andree Wallin to help us establish the look and feel of the Desert Rangers. I think this image speaks for itself…

Hope you enjoy it,


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    1. Creator momoney on April 12, 2012

      We want a larger image! :D

    2. Creator Brian Kim on April 12, 2012

      I agree with Sashh. Go go Desert Rangers indeed! Man I hope that they put a power rangers parody in Wasteland 2, if only as a joke/easter egg that you have to work at to find. Something that corny would just be hysterical in an otherwise serious post-apocalyptic setting/storyline.

    3. Creator Peng Huang on April 11, 2012

      And so it is prophesied that the Macho Man Randy Savage will return to the earth in humanity's darkest hour and deliver us from evil.

    4. Creator Wojciech on April 11, 2012

      Go go Desert Rangers!

    5. Creator Fishos on April 10, 2012

      (oh you said non-widescreen. well you can just crop it!)

    6. Creator Simon Wittenberg on April 10, 2012

      Is there a chance we get the deskop background in non-widescreen ratios above the resolution of 800x600 ?

    7. Creator Ricardo T P Lima on April 10, 2012

      OK now if you ask for more funds we better get personal sex slaves in the game too.

    8. Creator Draevos on April 10, 2012

      I'm looking forward to the concept art book as much as the game!

    9. Creator Antonidas|Archmage of the Obsidian Order on April 10, 2012

      That's an awesome piece of concept art! :)

    10. Creator king joz on April 10, 2012

      hi rez plz!

    11. Creator RICHARD HSU on April 9, 2012

      I've been telling everyone since Day One!

    12. Creator Wade Hone on April 9, 2012

      @Chris Russo you are absolutely right, for this particular project, there are enough of us dedicated fans that we can BE the PR Team, and not much time will have to be spent on Marketing - however - This project (and the one from Double Fine are setting the benchmark on 'how to Crowd Source' - I just wanted to point out that there are several very worth while projects that are deserving of our support as Kick Starters - that just won't have 50k fans to send out to do Sales - it will be un-fortunate, if the back wash from this project being successful is the understanding that funds generated from Kick Starter Projects shouldn't be used in wages paid to people that may spend some of their time doing interviews with Press - going to trade shows - or generally marketing the game.

      Even Double Fine - has in their plan that once a Certain Goal is reached a portion of the funding will go to that company that is doing the filming of the Documentary of 'how the game is made' - that's marketing at it's finest. It's being Paid for via Kick Starter.

      I'm not trying to be harsh, I'm just pointing out that with the 'kick it forward' initiative, and the over whelming success of this campaign, every thing that Brian Fargo does - with the project is important - and establishing that 'kick starter funds won't be used in marketing' may not hurt his game, but certainly may have a negative impact on others.

      Thanks for reading - I'm really not meaning to harp on this to much... just hoping that the pledge not to use dollars from kick starter for marketing doesn't end up biting them - or hurting other smaller initiatives - here is a small 'what if' :

      The PAX convention comes up, A) does this mean that they can't use funding to pay for the booth, and B) does it mean that any of the Staff (Dev's / Testers Etc.) that they send must go 'Voluntarily,' or be funded for their time 'marketing' the game at the con via other sources?

      This is something that Brian will be able to fund, I'm sure - not using the $$ from Kick Starter - but what about another company that really needs that exposure? do they have to find a NEW source for generating funds to get them to PAX? E3, or paying for their Dev's Time to talk to reporters?
      I thought that's the kind of thing that kick starter could help with.

      Anyway, than's for listening to my thoughts. (wade -out)

    13. Creator Conor Leehaug on April 9, 2012

      It would be awesome if we could get 2560x1600 as well :-)

    14. Creator Steve Knight on April 9, 2012

      Awesome! Thanks. I'll tell all my friends.

    15. Creator João Candeias on April 9, 2012

      Thanks for the high res wallpaper! :)

    16. Creator GalGof on April 9, 2012

      hm. some crazy idea: to boost pledges maybe in 3m point make "reward" - open source code of wasteland1?

    17. Creator Nick on April 9, 2012

      Is it possible to get a really high rez version of the concept art for a background? Thanks again.

    18. Creator Domenic Giancola on April 9, 2012

      @Mikhail, I believe he is talking about this- Some of the regulation rollbacks are a bit dodgy but hopefully we see this setup get used by more small businesses.

    19. Creator Mikhail Tsennykh on April 9, 2012

      @Brian, what was that article about President Obama’s Jobs Act being signed into law?
      I found this:
      And it seems that this bill didn't pass... Or I found the wrong one?

    20. Creator Archangel on April 9, 2012

      If the game is good people will buy it. It is as simple as that. Even with younger generation there are those that are not FPS or RTS fanatics and look for games like these.

    21. Creator Sorrow Engine on April 9, 2012

      I hope the in game art direction is similar to this concept art and not some WoW like disproportionate style.

      That being said this is the best post apoc art ive seen in years.

    22. Creator Wireball on April 9, 2012

      @TheTinyMan In regards to the worry about games selling more during the Kickstarter campaign than after release: I see about 45,000 backers for Wasteland 2. Fallout 1 and 2 got about 134,000 sales apiece. And if it's available on Steam or some network that makes it easy to get and increases visibility, sales could certainly be higher.

    23. Creator David Johnson on April 9, 2012

      Very cool!

    24. Creator Ricardo de Jong on April 8, 2012

      Awsome Concept art :D

    25. Creator Steven Shofner on April 8, 2012

      Is anyone other than me worried that all of these Kickstarter-funded campaigns are going to sell way, way more BEFORE the games come out and at their discounted prices, than after release date? I'm worried that the developers will be right back where they started before the Kickstarter campaigns, not really sure whether or not their funding will come through until the next campaign has occurred.

    26. Creator David Thomas on April 8, 2012

      Great concept art... our research is showing that this game will be coming out for Christmas.. how about some Red in it? Maybe some Red baubles.. or Red Christmas hats.. yeah.. I know it's an Apocalypse survival game, but lets make it Christmas themed with Red hats.. you seeing that? You seeing Red too? :-)

    27. Creator Justinian on April 8, 2012

      Agreed with Josh!

    28. Creator Josh Chilton on April 8, 2012

      The HR department at almost any company is complete crap. PR and Marketing are also generally filled with those with silver tongues who may or may not even care about the quality of the project; their only desire is to boost sales.

      It's up to us, the people, to boost recognition of games. Not because we profit from it, but because everybody profits from it. SPREAD THE LOVE!

    29. Creator Lieven Stassen on April 8, 2012

      I'll try and get as much backers in as possible for the coming 8 days. And between you and me, that concept art just hits the spot.

    30. Creator Justinian on April 8, 2012

      I, too, would rather see the money go to game content. Frankly, I'm not gunna do much in terms of marketing besides the few folks I've already recommended it to. I suspect that's all most folks are going to do and I think that's fine. To the extent that additional money is raised, let's use it to make a better game.

      The other thing I'd say is: Take your time. I'd rather have a good, bug-free product 6-8 weeks later than have you folks be rushing put something out as soon as possible. You've raised more than 2x what you anticipated, much of that will go to expanding the scope of the game. So if that means it's gunna take a bit longer to create a high-quality product, I'm more than okay with that.

      Wishing everybody a happy Easter.

    31. Creator Chris Russo on April 8, 2012

      Twitter is free, facebook is free, and moving your mouth costs nothing. Tell your friends, tell people you know. That's all he's asking.

      I don't want a single penny going to PR or Marketing. There's no reason for it.

    32. Creator Rhys Corlett on April 8, 2012

      Pfft. I'd rather see all the money go to the game...

    33. Creator Pirate Dave on April 8, 2012

      I understand the idea behind having your backers be your marketing team, but it does seem to be asking too much. We've given you money it get this game off the ground and made, now you want us to work? After we've already contributed financially? I know nobody wants to hear *this* opinion, but I think it's one a lot of people are actually thinking and don't want to say. Additionally, I think it is ultimately irresponsible not to hire anyone for Marketing and/or PR, I understand the sentiment of dedicating all the money to "making the game" instead of "selling" it, but it's very hypocritical of your earlier claim to "creating jobs".

    34. Creator Jason Lenting on April 8, 2012

      Amazing artwork. Too excited!!

    35. Creator Francisco García on April 8, 2012

      It just looks awesome! I want it is my wallpaper!

    36. Creator Linus Gustafsson on April 8, 2012

      I agree with a previous speaker: please make the character customization include faces that are similar in style to those in the concept art. In some games the characters are too uninspiring and lack character completely. These ones really have character and I can connect with them. That's what you want to achieve in an RPG game! =)

    37. Creator Mark Clarke on April 8, 2012

      Hi-Res version wallpaper please!!!!!!!!!!!!

    38. Creator James Knight on April 8, 2012

      I agree with Cy that would make for an awesome desktop background.

    39. Creator Cy Passley on April 8, 2012

      Can I get this as wallpaper!? Holy shit that looks amazing!

    40. Creator Michael Hawke on April 8, 2012

      I'm getting a few too

    41. Creator Sampo Sorvisto on April 8, 2012

      Did my share ;) Four new pledgers aquired!

    42. Creator Derpdragon of the Obsidian Order on April 8, 2012

      A friend is going to donate another 30$.

      My friends are starting to call me a mindless hypester, I guess that's good right ?

      Btw I never played Wasteland. :)

    43. Creator Stephen Reponen on April 8, 2012

      I have posted this on facebook and told all my friends! I'm almost 100% sure at least 1 of them will pledge. This has to be the best way to buy a game ever. The simple fact in knowing that 100% of my money I spent is going to the developers is just... Perfect. No more middle man. The money is going where it has to go. I can't wait for this game.

    44. Creator Kim Fredrik Svendsen on April 8, 2012

      Boo! Booring update. ..nah, just kidding ;)

      Well, perhaps you can think of us, (well, most of us) your fans spiritually, as spoiled intelligent little bratts. Kind of like Matt Stone and Trey Parker. After all, we (the fans) went to the Wasteland - Fallout School. If you mention things like socialism, Obamba and creating jobs, within your fan funded group, were going to tear it apart! But wouldnt you do the exact same thing if you were in our shoes? I bet you would. :) So, since im already standing in these shoes, I can describe it for you, so you dont have to move over here. If you were the lead vocalist in in the trash metal band inXile, you would absolutely blow our minds with any on topic Wasteland sentence. But pulling in politics and such, it smells like Bob Geldof and Bono... Its a good old boo, and you know it. (we love you, but we are also hardcore fans) So I suggest you forget about this insident, and just move on impressing the fans on-topic. And im shore it will be forgotten in a hart beat. :) Im going to try to make you smile, and do a square dance over here: "dont break our harts, our achy breaky harts"

    45. Creator Karambini on April 8, 2012

      I LOVE IT!

    46. Creator Nicky Weber on April 8, 2012

      Ah sweet! I have a self made print of the old wasteland box art just hung over my monitor. This one:

      I am so looking forward to playing this game!

    47. Creator Mikael Willum Kongsbjerg on April 8, 2012

      I shall shout it from every rooftop!

    48. Creator Alexandra on April 8, 2012

      That bearded dude with sun glasses and a cowboy hat is awesome. I hope there's an option to look like that in the game)