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Wasteland 2 has been released to great acclaim, hitting #1 top seller on Steam and winning Game of the Year from PCWorld! Thanks to all our backers for helping us make this game a reality!
61,290 backers pledged $2,933,252 to help bring this project to life.

Beta For All

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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.

Physical Goods

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. 

And More

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... 

 

Brian Fargo,
Leader inXile

Comments

    1. Creator Juha M. on September 19, 2014

      Oh man, only now I realized that the beta was open for all tiers. :-D

      Oh well, the final game released today so time to play!

    2. Creator Jeremie Lariviere on July 7, 2014

      How do we switch from Steam to GOG?

    3. Creator Paul Jackson on July 7, 2014

      I have not received my keys yet and it is not showing up with "available soon" text either.

    4. Creator Waffle Deluxe on July 3, 2014

      I never got my beta key

    5. Creator Peter Lobczowski on June 30, 2014

      Is there going to be any bonus content available on GOG that won't come with the Steam version? (A lot of games on GOG include artwork, soundtracks, and that sort of thing).

    6. Creator Michele on June 30, 2014

      Recently Larian released Divinity Original Sin and let users change between GOG and Steam, disabling steam early access in the first case. Another example that it can be done but inXile choose not to. If things remain as they are now, the rewards will be considered not fulfilled.

    7. Creator Vincent Azara on June 28, 2014

      And yes, it looks fantastic... keep up the great work inXile.

    8. Creator Vincent Azara on June 28, 2014

      @ William T i'm happy for you but dont bash Fallout 3 it was still a fantastic game. Dont be so narrow minded there is no reason you can't enjoy both, each has their own charm and value. More of both styles would be great for everyone, it doesnt have to be one or the other. If anything you should be thanking kickstarter for helping to make this happen because without the money front up by the backers the probably would never had made this game.

    9. Creator William T on June 26, 2014

      I'm here to not complain and say the beta is awesome and I can't wait full the full version. Great work guys. This is what fallout 3 should have been

    10. Creator Thomas on June 26, 2014

      Jabberwok, I think what people are complaining about is that they opted to use keys that convert into a full release, so if you wanted a Steam copy that's good. But for folks that wanted to get their copy elsewhere, it means that we have to either burn a key or miss out on the beta.

      I'm honestly, not sure how this could be any clearer.

    11. Creator Comber on June 26, 2014

      steam is good, i'm glad its on steam.

    12. Creator Jabberwok on June 26, 2014

      Why are people complaining about this now? As far as I know, the beta has always been on Steam. If you're just now getting access, then you are like me, and were never promised it when you pledged. So if you don't want to use this free gift, then sit back, relax, and wait for the full release, when you can use your key on a DRM free version.

    13. Creator jibaycay on June 25, 2014

      Well, I backed a bunch of "drm-free" games on Kickstarter, and Wasteland 2 is my first one to not bundle the DRM-free copy with the Steam copy :/

    14. Creator Wesha on June 24, 2014

      Dear developers,

      Please remember that when I pledged for "DRM FREE COPIES", I meant DRM *FREE*, period. STEAM IS DRM. I can live without beta access, but if you give me the final game with the STEAMy pile of spyware, I will be very, very unhappy. (Spintires already pulled that trick on me... assholes.)

    15. Creator N Nguyen on June 23, 2014

      I sent you a message, but I think it might be better to put it in a comment as well as others might have similar query to mine.

      Below is the content of my message to inxile:

      ====

      About the Beta key, I was getting it while reading your update and didn't see the Note that I won't be able to claim this game from GOG.com later if I claim the Beta key (**you really need to put that Note at the top instead**).

      Now I have the Beta key but it hasn't been used at all - is there any way you can help me? Disable it for example?
      I'd prefer to get the game from GOG.com for example instead of a DRM system like Steam (**it is a popular opinion from the comments**)

      Thanks.

      ====

    16. Creator British on June 23, 2014

      @Kim Nevelsteen:
      I'm entitled to a few copies (and box(es ?)) as well, and I do hope I'll be able to choose how I want ALL of them (hint: NOT Steam).
      I didn't go for the lamely Steam-exclusive beta, so I *should* be able to have them all on GoG.
      And *if* they are counting people's access to beta as a final game's Steam key deducted from their initial pledge... well it's even lamer.
      Now, how lame can this get ? Not sure the sky is enough of a limit.

    17. Creator Kim Nevelsteen on June 23, 2014

      To clarify this is not a gripe. I understand that this will be hard to differentiate, but...

      On Steam you technically don't OWN your games. Steam can also be seen as a form of DRM. So, the fact that you state that your steam key is one of your DRM-free copies, is problematic. I have two copies, but if I only had one copy, I would definitely NOT use it on Steam, since I wouldn't own it and it would be bound to one account. I already made that mistake once with one of your give-aways. Any smart player will go for GOG so that they can actually download the game, manuals and all the frills: DRM-free.

    18. Creator Tomimt on June 23, 2014

      @Bryy Miller: at least for now the new updates have broken save files, so I'm guessing the final release will do the same. If anyone is planning to play the game as far as the beta allows in order to continue later, well, that might not be advisable.

    19. Creator Bryy Miller on June 22, 2014

      This is extremely smart. By my count, you've opened yourself up to 30k+ new potential customers.

      Question: I'm assuming saves will be overwritten at time of final launch, just like Divinity?

    20. Creator Drakol on June 22, 2014

      Emm, what if you've asked for the Redeem, yet haven't redeemed it yet? - As went about it, received the key, but haven't attached the code to Steam yet. Read the fine print, and went "Balls..." as I wanted a Gog.com version of the game.

    21. Creator Rich on June 22, 2014

      George: You should report that bug on the Wasteland 2 forums so the mods can see it right away.

    22. Creator George32027 on June 22, 2014

      BUG REPORT: right after you leave Ranger Vargas and go into the Wasteland you get a radio communication from a guy who talks about water. Some of the dialogue from him is just text.

      Also, please, Please, PLEASE, PLEASE put a bigger text option. I have a 10/10 sight and I'm still struggling to read at the ''large'' setting. Not just the dialogue text, ALL the text (in the HUD, about weapons, etc. etc.) . It makes me want to skip the dialogue and I think it's a pity since it's the best written stuff I've seen in years.

    23. Creator KillingMachine on June 21, 2014

      So if you want GOG, no beta for you? Not very cool, inXile. Steam shouldn't be getting preferential treatment.

    24. Creator Petar on June 21, 2014

      What the hell, guys? "You can grab your Novellas from Ranger Center.." - my RC account just redirects me to the damned Smashword thing, which in turn requires me to make an account to get my novellas???
      Can we get a PDF or something in the Ranger Center without having us running through hoops?

    25. Creator Valery on June 21, 2014

      Humble Store for Linux is a must!

      I mean, honest Humble Store, not just some Steam wrapper which are quite common there nowadays.

    26. Creator Lukas Daniel Klausner on June 21, 2014

      I'm also strongly in favour of Humble Store (for Linux users).

    27. Creator Theobeau:OOoE\Mad man with a box/Exiled on June 21, 2014

      Great to hear that WL2 is ever so close to formal release!

    28. Creator Tiki C on June 21, 2014

      I'd love to see this on humble. The humble store.

    29. Creator Jonah Falcon on June 20, 2014

      GIMME THE FEELIES! :D

      Well, my cloth map and manual, anyway :p

    30. Creator Thomas on June 20, 2014

      @Thomas Beekers, I'm not really a fan of that, if a person has paid for 2 copies, they shouldn't have to waste one copy to get a Steam copy for the beta. I don't mind that you're using Steam for the beta, it has great features for that, but it is troubling that people are having to expend a license key on Steam whether or not they want a Steam key just to try the beta out.

      I'll be waiting anyways, but I don't care for the fact that once again Valve is getting an unfair advantage.

    31. Creator tbrass on June 20, 2014

      @Thomas - thanks for clarifying! Now I can be truly happy about the delightful surprise of update #51.

    32. Creator Miguel on June 20, 2014

      By mistake i did not read the update well and I used a digital key in steam, but i wanted in GOG. Its possible to remove the game from steam and give me the gog version when the game releases?

      Thank you.

    33. Creator Michele on June 20, 2014

      @Thomas Beekers
      Thanks for your clarification.
      But I want to ask: what if I wanted to give my second key to a friend but both of us preferred to use GOG? The way things are now, 1 key is automatically spent on steam and that doesn't count as 2 key plus a beta key, because the latter is actually one of the first two.

    34. Creator Thomas Beekers on June 20, 2014

      I just want to try and clarify a few things:

      It's one beta key per backer/tier.

      Our usage of Steam DRM is a temporary measure we’ve used to ensure version compliance during the beta run. We will remove Steam DRM around the time of final release, so that the Steam version of Wasteland 2 will no longer require the launching or presence of Steam to run.

      Kickstarter backers should note all tiers $30 and up already have multiple copies so you will be able to grab a GOG.com key at launch. If you run into any problems with key activations, digital retailer choices etc, just contact us through the Ranger Center after release, we will work with you to resolve any issues. Our general policies stand but people who have dealt with support will hopefully attest to us being backer-facing and helpful on these things, we don't want any backer to end up unhappy, and we'll find ways to resolve any problems post-release with you, directly.

    35. Creator ET3D on June 20, 2014

      Good point about the beta not allowing redeeming GOG later. This shouldn't be the case.

    36. Creator Valery on June 20, 2014

      In fact, I just browsed main page of the project and found in the FAQ section full comments on what to expect. Let me recite:

      [quote]
      Q: What do I receive with the $55 reward?

      A: You will receive 2 DRM free digital copies of the game (PC or Mac or Linux), digital concept art book, downloadable digital soundtrack, both early release digital episodic novellas (part 1 & 2), early playable beta access, digital map and instruction book, exclusive Ranger portrait collection, 4 episode video development blog, Chris Avellone novella,and unique and quirky skill.
      [/quote]
      So here we clearly see: 2 DRM free digital copies of the game (PC or Mac or Linux) + early playable beta access

      Now inXile in direct violation of its promise!

    37. Creator Dragon on June 20, 2014

      Any reason that only appear to be giving out the first key for $30 tier at least that should have two copies?

    38. Creator Jeremy Lydell Haugen on June 20, 2014

      If I had known I'd be locking myself into Steam by downloading the Beta (and submitting bug reports as I found them), I probably would have never installed the Beta at all. That this would be the case was not clear. The backer rewards clearly said Beta access AND choice of license when it launched. Wipe out the Beta keys on launch (except for those that bought it through Steam) and give backers the choice of license on Steam/GoG at that point.

    39. Creator Valery on June 20, 2014

      @ET3D:
      [quote] (The Steam vs. GOG issue is also that GOG still doesn't support Linux. Hopefully it won't be too long before that happens.) [/quote]

      True. But that is GOG problem. And, by extension, that is inXile problem. They promised DRM-free versions to Linux users and have to deliver. If "Good Old Games" does not support Linux, then there is always "Humble Bundle, Inc.", Desura etc. Worst case scenario they should distribute the game themselves. But "oh, you know, GOG don't support Linux so we think you should use Steam. Really, Steam such a vondeful thing you should test right now!!!" thing won't work here (did it ever work?). If you do not believe me, go recall "Shadowrun: Returns" story.

    40. Creator Michele on June 20, 2014

      @ET3D
      Beta on steam was indeed in the tiers description. What wasn't on the descriptio was the fact that you'd loose the option get the GOG key if you partecipate in the beta.
      I agree about the lack of trust in giving both key to backers (like most developer do instead).

      @Thomas
      Steam does offer beta only key, in fact that's the first way they were used.

      I would like an official statement about backers who redeemed the BETA key and are now stuck with steam without the option to choose the final version of the game.

    41. Creator Valery on June 20, 2014

      @ET3D:
      Actually, you are wrong. Tier $55 (THE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY ALL DIGITAL PACKAGE!) says: "You get one digital copy of the game DRM free for PC, Mac or Linux ... and premiere access to an early playable beta on steam."
      Note the *and* between two parts of this sentence. And it has nothing on whether "early playable beta" will transform into final product or not. If inXile decided to give Steam version to everyone participating in the beta -- fine. But they should do it in addition to DRM-free version, not instead of it.

    42. Creator Scot Schneebeli on June 20, 2014

      For those of us that have had access to the Beta from the get go, this "oh, if you get the beta from Steam that'll lock you into getting the final release from Steam as well" is definitely news. Just went over the original Dec. update that announced Beta availability and looked on the Ranger Center, and this side effect is NOT STATED ANYWHERE! In fact on Ranger Center is says this specifically: "Redeem the following code for your download of the Wasteland 2 EARLY BETA via Steam™".

      While I can understand the logic, this is so exceedingly not cool to have not made this clear from the beginning. Talk about a huge failure to communicate.

    43. Creator Thomas on June 20, 2014

      @fakum12, I almost forgot, Steam has DRM free games there. Anything with DOSBox is going to be DRM free, you just have to log in to do the initial download, after that you can do with it as you please. By your reasoning all games have DRM no matter what online distributor you choose.

    44. Creator Thomas on June 20, 2014

      @efekt, no need to be a jerk. Bottom line here is that regardless of their reasoning, it treats everybody else as second tier citizens.

      I'm always puzzled why Valve hasn't been prosecuted for antitrust violations like this. They could easily offer to provide Beta keys that wouldn't automatically upgrade to a full version.

      @Tom Mint, there is no flamewar here. People are upset that the update claimed that beta was available to everybody when it's really only available to people who want to commit to having their copy through Steam. So, technically we can all make a choice, ut let's not pretend like it's an equal choice.

    45. Creator ET3D on June 20, 2014

      (The Steam vs. GOG issue is also that GOG still doesn't support Linux. Hopefully it won't be too long before that happens.)

    46. Creator ET3D on June 20, 2014

      All those complaining about Steam beta, note that it's what inXile said from the start (see the beta tier). Anyone who wanted a DRM-free copy will have to wait, and you knew that from the get go.

      Me, I'm not redeeming the code now, and frankly I really prefer when project creators give both GOG and Steam codes (or Steam and other DRM-free) and don't force me to choose, because I do find Steam convenient, but I prefer to also have a DRM-free copy. Making me choose one over the other is just a sign that the developer doesn't trust me to keep both codes to myself.

    47. Creator Morten S. Ohlsen on June 20, 2014

      @efekt: You are quite right. I should thank inXile for allowing backers of the lower tiers the option to join in the Beta.
      Thank you very much!

      That said, I think I'll pass and hold off till the full release. And those complaining about the Steam-only beta. Please note Steam does provide a lot of tools for developers who might want to do frequent updates and collect data for bugfixing purposes.
      Though I like Gog, I tend to favour Humble or Steam for newer releases, exactly because Gog is a less than stellar experience when patches release for games. Getting updated files approved, redownloaded or patched and informing beta participants about this would be a nightmare on Gog.

    48. Creator Patrik Hodapp on June 20, 2014

      Thanks guys, so I can play the beta but once the full game comes out, my saves will be useless - but I get the full version on steam for free as well and can start to play the final game - correct?

    49. Creator Sebastian on June 20, 2014

      You might want to edit your title as the beta is only available to those who use steam.

    50. Creator tbrass on June 20, 2014

      @Patrik Hodapp - I would be surprised if you could continue your save. Based on past updates, it sounds like saves have been broken with every new build.

      @Evan Jones - I am absolutely delighted that they opened up the beta and sent us steam keys. I was really disappointed when those steam keys were tied to an executable file that required steam to be running. If this is just for the beta, for extra analytics and such, awesome. Totally cool. If, however, this is how the final steam build will run, then the language they used in the update is disingenuous. **I would have waited for GOG had I known that the steam-executable would require steam to be running, as this was not suggested in the update.