Thomas here with some odds and ends of housekeeping as we come every closer to release! But let's kick off with a bang. Here's a new Wasteland 2 trailer hot off the presses, showcasing the intricacies of our character and combat system:
On to the housekeeping…
Options for Getting the Game
As we have mentioned during the Kickstarter and after, the way we'll be distributing digital copies of the game will be through a number of our digital retail partners, including the most popular and DRM-free options. When you redeem your key(s) on release day, you will be able to pick from these digital retailers:
Steam will no doubt be the go-to option for most of you: Wasteland 2 will be added to your Steam library, it will automatically update to the latest version and it offers cross-platform support, meaning your single key is valid for Windows, Mac and Linux.
GOG.com is a fully DRM-free option. They support Windows, Mac and Linux as well.
We may offer more options, but the above should cover every wish from fully DRM-free to auto-updating on each of our platforms.
Physical copies will be shipped out to the address you listed on the Ranger Center. All physical copies – retail and backers – will need the ability for a day 1 patch system. By the time physical copies arrive to backers the gold master version we sent out for print will be a month and a half old, and will be missing vital optimization and balance passes, as well as systemic changes like the addition of headshots that we recently put in. We need to ensure that our players are experiencing the most up to date code, so we will be utilizing the automatic updating system that Steam provides for physical copies.
Every physical copy tier comes with a digital version of the game also, where you can pick the fully DRM-free GOG.com or Steam. If you prefer a fully DRM-free physical copy we will be willing to print and ship a day-1 version of the game to you at a later time, simply contact us through the Ranger Center if this has your preference.
Steam Keys & Beta Access
After hearing from our backers on the beta key "locking you" into Steam and discussing the issue with Steam, we found a nice solution for people who want to opt into the beta but receive a final copy somewhere else. We will be adding a "Revoke Key" button on the Ranger Center which will deactivate your Steam key (automatically removing it from your Steam library) and reset your digital retailer choice, allowing you to go back and choose another one of our digital retailers such as GOG.com.
If you have redeemed your Wasteland 2 beta key on Steam and plan to play the final game on Steam, you don't have to do anything, your beta key turns into a full release key automatically on release day.
Box Shipping Timeline
Among the moving parts that affected release were the shipping times of physical goods. The large box copies will ship first and the collector's edition second, simply due to longer timelines. We don't have exact ship dates yet, but we'll announce them as soon as we do. Manufacturing has already begun on all of the elements. If your tier includes both the collector's and standard boxed versions of the game, your large box will arrive at the later time with your collector's edition.
As we get closer to shipping we'll have more details on things like packaging, shipping companies used, and timelines for shipping. Keep an eye on the Wasteland 2 tumblr for more information on this.
Small Note on Localization
Beta players will have noticed language options are in the current beta build. We activated these primarily so our Get Localization volunteers could see their progress and see the strings in context. What it is most definitely not is representative of the final product, as all these strings (including Russian and Polish) are unedited works in progress and are not representative of the quality we'll have in the final game. The localized text in our development build is already miles beyond what you're seeing in the beta and translation and editing is continuing.
Our Russian localizers from Buka wished to leave a direct message to our Russian fans about the Russian translation:
Локализация Wasteland 2 будет выходить постепенно. Если вы уже играли в игру по программе раннего доступа, то могли заметить, что часть текста уже переведена на русский. Конечно, этот перевод не финальный, и он будет редактироваться и дополняться. Диалоги — важнейшая часть Wasteland 2, и во время разработки им было уделено особое внимание: текст менялся и исправлялся практически до самого выхода игры. Сейчас команды локализации всех стран упорно трудятся над дальнейшим переводом. Ближайшее обновление в локализации будет в день выхода игры.
Only 15 more days until Wasteland 2 is finally complete!
inXile line producer