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Update #39

On Track for Beta, Last Chance for Add-Ons

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Hello Rangers,

We’ve been hard at work on the backer beta, working through some last blocker bugs to get it ready for you, and kept you updated on @wasteland2beta and the Wasteland 2 tumblr. To catch you up: it’s almost ready: We’re fully on track to put it in your hands next week!

As we’ve said before, the initial beta rollout is the first four major areas, the associated COPS maps (smaller maps), the world map and its random encounters, and character creation. As the beta progresses, we’ll roll out more areas, though we do plan to hold LA back for spoiler reasons. We’ll have more details on the beta such as remaining known issues next week, when we launch it.

We did want to let you all know that when the beta launches we will be pulling the add-on options from the Wasteland 2 store. If you want to add any of those to your existing pledge – or if you want to be able to jump in on the beta at its launch – this week will be your last chance to do so!

With all late backer donations, we manually import pledge data roughly every 2-3 weeks, but we will ensure the database is up to date when the beta launches. The digital-only pre-order options will remain available though we may pull them too in the not too distant future, somewhere in time and space. Existing backers will still be able to upgrade, so as a backer you’ll still be able to move into a higher tier and get access to the beta later, it just won’t be available as an add-on.

We’re also progressing in other procedural matters as we get closer to beta. We’ve been testing both Steam distribution and the use of our CenterCode bug reporting site with a limited group of external testers, and both are looking good. CenterCode in particular will be instrumental to a successful backer beta run, it allows for bug reports to go directly into our system, so we can quickly and efficiently handle duplicates and assign bugs to the responsible developer. For our backers, it offers an easy-to-use, simple website that gives you direct access to providing us with not just bug reports, but also general feedback and suggestions. Depending on how things go we may launch the CenterCode site before the beta is out, to give you time to register, provide your PC info and get familiar with the site.

Keep an eye on our twitter or tumblr for more news, and expect more updates soon.

Got Wasteland 1 yet?

We released our polished up version of Wasteland 1 a while ago. We’ve patched it a few times since to improve issues like missing paragraphs, freezing bugs and a nasty bug with the cloning pods. It is currently available for Windows and Mac on GOG.com and Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam. We’re still working on getting another DRM-free option there, specifically for Linux backers.

If you did not grab your key yet, it’s still waiting for you in your Ranger Center account. Go get it! If you played it earlier but ran into some of the above issues, try again now.

All the Shirts

We’ve been expanding our Wasteland 2 merch offerings on J!nx, their Wasteland 2 catalog now includes new T-shirt options: the Blood Sausage, Toaster Repair, Priest and blue Ranger shirts, as well as a Ranger keychain. What’s more, they’re currently running a holiday sale (to December 25th) that includes a Wasteland 2 offer: buy any four shirts and get 25% off. 

Pictures & Art

We’ve been sharing some fun quotes, production photos and other things on our tumblr, so be sure check it out. Among the new stuff are some new screenshots, so here you go:

And finally, here's a new piece of portrait art, an "old friend" making a return from Wasteland 1.

Thomas Beekers
inXile line producer

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      Creator R C A on December 8

      Samuel, 100% Agreed ! I would rather have a polished, inclusive game with extras, rather than a buggy rushed mess. People need to chill and learn patience.

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      Creator Samuel Cole on December 8

      That aside, I should remind folks that Wasteland 2 has been in development for just over one year. That is a ridiculously short time for any even remotely professional development firm. The release date they originally cited was an estimate (Estimated delivery: Oct 2013), and that estimate was based on their original vision document. That estimate went out the window the second they expanded the scope of their original project.

      People can have one of two things - they can either have the originally promised game (ie, shorter, simpler, and made under the original much lower budget), or they can have the expanded project with all of its additional content at a slightly later date. And let's be honest here, a three to six month delay is NOTHING when it comes to video game development. Especially for a complex and expansive tactical RPG.

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      Creator Samuel Cole on December 8

      @Vincent Azara

      I actually didn't pay for beta access, because it came free with the Reward Tier that I selected. But InXile HAS made beta access available for purchase to anyone who wants it, for $20. I have absolutely no problem with that, and I'm not sure why you seem to think I do.

      My comment was in regards to people demanding to have it for free. Since they've already been selling it, suddenly giving it out for free would irritate (or infuriate, since this is the internet and over reaction is the norm) people who already paid for it. Either that, or InXile would have to refund the money that they charged people for beta access, which would actually HURT their current progress.

      As I stated before, it's rather naive and petulant of folks to demand something free because of a minor inconvenience. Especially when you're demanding to have it free at the cost of others (ie, both other backers AND the developers).

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      Creator Vincent Azara on December 7

      @ Samuel Cole They could offer the beta access up for $5 bucks more if it's such a big deal for people like you. That way they get more money to hire more people to help them finish the game and anyone who wants beta access can get it at a price... everyone wins. If 50K people paid an extra $5 bucks that's an extra $250K enough to hire 2 or 3 guys if not more for 3 months to help out or gasp god forbid outsource some of the work that doesn't need to be done or managed by them.

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      Creator ben brown on December 7

      Agree with Samuel Cole that handing out the Beta would upset the people who paid for it from the start - but the game is already 2 months later than it was promised - so a little bonus for everyone who pledged a looooong time ago and have been waiting. I realize the delay was to make the game better - but the beta is also going to cause delays as well - and I wanted a Christmas game - Part of the increased funding was to pay for designers and people to add to the game without adding to the time. That obviously isn't what happened - happy to have a better game but would like to have something to play - even if it is a demo - so maybe the first beta access - while the game is completed....the first beta rollout is ...and character creation. As the beta progresses, we’ll roll out more areas - throw everyone who pledged a bone - we were all hoping for and expecting a game in Nov....

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      Creator Samuel Cole on December 6

      As an aside, I certainly hope that picture is a Night Screamer, because the Night Terror was horrifying. If I recall correctly, the NT was one of the deadliest enemies in the original game.

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      Creator Samuel Cole on December 6

      @JoeyC @Daniel Mcguffin

      Because just handing out Beta access freely this long after they've been charging folks for it would go over fantastically. I'm sure it wouldn't open the floodgates at all, prompting dozens (or dare I say it, hundreds?) of backers demanding to be refunded the money that they shelled out for Beta Access.

      I can understand that folks who didn't pay for Beta Access still want to have access to the Beta (for free), but that's just not going to happen. It would cause far more problems than it would solve, and while it might satiate some of the late-comers it would also do much more toward alienating the higher-tiered backers.

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      Creator Lukas Daniel Klausner on December 6

      Might I suggest the Humble Store for DRM-free Linux delivery?

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      Creator Vincent Azara on December 6

      @Daniel McGuffin, no i dont think it's childish.... some of us have been hanging out for this game for a while, i've dropped $50 bucks on it and i wouldnt mind playing the beta as well... especially we are now looking at a Q1 2014 release date.

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      Creator Adam Sherman on December 6

      @Мирзиёд Мирусманов It's a Night Terror or Night Screamer. http://wasteland.wikia.com/wiki/Night_Terror
      http://wasteland.wikia.com/wiki/Night_Screamer

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      Creator Мирзиёд Мирусманов on December 5

      Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to play Wasteland 1 so I couldn't recognize the character on the new art (looking GREAT, btw!). Wouldn't somebody enlighten me with its biography?

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      Creator Ben Galang on December 5

      I don't follow any of these updates. Too much to read. Not interested in Beta Play. I QA all day I just want the finished product. When is that slated to be?

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      Creator Bud Kulpecz on December 5

      Thanks for the update BN. Can't wait until next week!

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      Creator Niggles on December 5

      @Thomas B thanks. Not great eye for details im not :).

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      Creator Andrew Houghton on December 5

      @Chris Olsen. Perhaps you don't know how gog works. If you do know how gog works, I would to know how a site could sell games drm free.

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      Creator Thomas Beekers on December 5

      @Kristoffer The first episode of it is in your Ranger Center, under the Rewards tab. More eps coming later.

      @Sirio Yes the physical goods will still be available.

      @Nigel The beta is Steam only, as was stated in the original Kickstarter description and again in later updates.

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      Creator Kristoffer Karlsson on December 5

      Did the "Four episode Video Dev" Blog ever happen?

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      Creator Niggles on December 5

      @Jack Keys. Call me silly but i don't think they really need early access (look at the amount they got and its already beta --- well into beta phase since its been beta for a few weeks now and they've been working hard on it internally). Plus do we really need feedback to 'dumb' down or make the game easier? (for the casual crowd) :P

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      Creator Daniel McGuffin on December 5

      @JoeyC- you don't think that's a bit childish? They didn't promise anything. It says *estimated* delivery: Oct 2013. "Estimated", not "definite". Kickstarter makes you put in a date for the pledges, so they estimated it as best they could. And remember, when they did that, this was going to be a $900,000 game. Not 3 million. They have to use that money somehow, and that means making the game bigger. Which means it takes longer to get it out the door.

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      Creator Niggles on December 5

      So the CenterCode thing - will that have the downlinks for the beta i am guessing? (please tell me the beta wont be just steam only - from the wording it sounds they prefer the centrecode thingie for beta feedback)

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      Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on December 5

      Edit: Somehow missed your parentheses. And the answer is no.

      That said:

      Addendum: Nor is signing up on Kickstarter to begin with. Hell, even pledging through PayPal would seem to be pushing your definition to the limit.

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      Creator Sirio Martini on December 5

      *executable

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      Creator Trister - OO's Tormented Master Wetboy on December 5

      @ chris olson

      and they'd do that exactly how? you have to sign up SOMEWHERE to get a hold of the direct download, be it with GOG, steam, the ranger center, whatever. so one way or another you will be signing up for something, because they can't just put a direct download link up somewhere. no one would pay for it if they did that. so in answer to your question of "completely drm free" no, not likely.

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      Creator Sirio Martini on December 5

      @Chris Olson - How is GOG a form of DRM? The Steam client is a DRM, but GOG is just a store: once you bought a game, you can do whatever you want with your exetuable.

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      Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on December 5

      @Chris: There's zero difference between having to sign up at GOG or at Ranger Central. Either way they don't let you resell it. Anyway, as long as the installer itself is DRM-free, I am content.

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      Creator Chris Olson on December 5

      @ gandalf - I should rephrase my question - rather, I'm asking if WL2 will be made available truly DRM-free to backers (direct download). Any requirement to sign up on an additional site (be that GOG, Steam, the inXile forums, etc) is still a form of DRM, albeit not one that's implemented in-game.

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      Creator gandalf.nho - Huntress OOoE/WoOS/Torment on December 5

      @Chris Olson, Wasteland 2 will be available both at Steam and GOG

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      Creator Sirio Martini on December 5

      Will the physical goods (boxed game, collector boxed game, etc.) still be available for preorder after the beta release?

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      Creator Chris Paoli on December 5

      It's happening!

      To all those who will be beta testing, I salute you!

      I'll be waiting for the final product. Don't want to go into it spoiled.

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      Creator Theobeau:OOoE\Mad man with a box/Exiled on December 5

      Very exciting b/c this means we are getting closer to the game's release. The new screenshots were very impressive.

      Cheers!

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      Creator JoeyC on December 5

      Seems like considering the beta is out later then the game was promised (which is fine if it means a better game, within reason), everyone that pledged should get the beta

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      Creator Joe Vasquez on December 5

      Been playing the hell out of Wasteland 1 the past week or so. I feel like I'm ... however old I was in 1988 again! Realizing that I miss the era of games where you had to take notes and search, rather than having built-in quest logs and compasses that point everything out. Good times.

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      Creator Jack Keys on December 5

      Great news! Are there any plans to put the beta on Steam Early Access to gain user feedback that way?

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      Creator Asa on December 5

      Any news on the episode novel by Mike Stackpole? Backers were promised an "early release" and I'm wondering what the time frame for that is.

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      Creator Chris Kraft on December 5

      I asked via twitter but didn't get a reply so I will ask here. Will there be any restrictions on people streaming game-play of the beta. It may sound like a silly question but I've seen some folks get banned from streaming services for streaming beta game-play so I just wanted to be sure.

      I expect inXile probably does not mind but I felt it was better to ask first.

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      Creator Bobracha on December 5

      Great news! Just in time for my exams to finish.

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      Creator Chris Olson on December 5

      (Creators) noted previously that WL1 was only available through registration on a non-KS website. In keeping with the pledge tier's note of "DRM-Free", how will backers get a download link for WL2, and will it truly be DRM-free or limited to Steam for Windows? Also, will backers be expected to download a demo which will update over time, or will there be a later DRM-free direct download for the full game?

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      Creator Sashh on December 5

      Can't pledge additional money right now, I hope there will be an option to buy digital soundtrack later.

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