Beta For All
The Wasteland 2 backer beta launched in early December of last year, which means it's been in eligible backers' hands for over half a year now. In that time many have played the content through to completion, often multiple times, and have been providing us with invaluable feedback and input. Wasteland 2 is undoubtedly better than it could have ever been without you.
With release only two months out, we felt like this is the right time to expand Wasteland 2 beta access to all backers at any tier who are eligible for a copy of the game!
So that's what we're doing! Starting right now any backers whose Tier didn’t include access to the WL2 digital deluxe edition can log into their accounts on the Ranger Center and find a Steam key for the Early Access version, under the "Donations" tab, bottom of the page. Note that keys will not be available to everyone simultaneously, if you instead find a "available soon" text this is not an error, it will be available as soon as possible. Upon Wasteland 2’s release at the end of August, this beta version will turn into a final retail copy of the game.
Please note: As this Steam key also gives access to the final retail version of the game it will count as a "digital copy" used from your tier rewards. If you're due only one digital copy from your backer tier and claim this key on your account, that will be the only key you'll get from us, you won't be able to later switch to GOG.com or other digital retailers. Remember that Wasteland 2 does not require a constant internet connection on any retailer, once you download it from Steam, you won’t need to go online to play it.
If you didn't quite keep up with all the news: the beta contains all the Arizona content of the game, roughly 25 hours for a regular playthrough, which represents about half the game, and contains all gameplay features save a few we're still testing out internally. Check the reference card here.
Backers of Torment who are due a copy of Wasteland 2 can receive their keys as a part of this staggered release. You'll be able to find it under the Donations tab on your Torment backer system account. Kickstarter backers who pledged an extra $25 for a copy of Wasteland 2 won't have the key visible in the Torment backer system yet. We are working on making it available to you so please keep an eye on our tumblr for more news.
As we're getting closer to release, we're finalizing all the physical goods that backers from eligible tiers will receive. We've recently received the final proofs for some of these rewards in our office, so here is a photo for you:
The photo shows: Worn Cloth Game Map, Wasteland 2 Faction Badge, Desert Ranger Medals Ranks 1 - 5, Vargas Miniature, Commemorative Coin and some elements from the Doomsday Preparation Survival Kit.
We showed you the cover of part one of Stackpole & Long's two-part Wasteland 2 novella in a previous update, and you should know it's up and available to all backers $50 and up now. You can either grab it from your Ranger Center account (under the "Rewards" tab) or from your Steam install folder if you have the Digital Deluxe edition installed. Enjoy the read! It's also available for direct purchase on Smashwords for the interested.
I've done a couple more interviews since the last update. Wired interviewed me with a focus on Wasteland's history and Wasteland 2. MOUSE n JOYPAD also has some questions on Wasteland 2 in general. And last but not least, check out this new screenshot from the Los Angeles portion of Wasteland 2, with a billboard that should look familiar to the oldies among us...