UPDATE 10TH OCTOBER: It's another runaway crowdfunding success for Brian Fargo and inXile as Wasteland 3 surpasses its lofty $2.75m goal in three days.
For reference, Wasteland 2 raised $2.93m on Kickstarter back in spring 2012.
It's onto stretch goals now, then, and Wasteland 3 has a brilliant one: a talking car companion codenamed Morningstar that's unlocked at $3m.
There's a brief lore piece for Morningstar shared in the celebratory Fig update post. Sounds like the car is old and was once programmed to be the President's, an AI chauffeur. It also sounds like the car can equip weaponry and has old databases you can unlock, presumably unearthing some mysteries.
Here's the Morningstar monologue senior writer Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie shared:
I've been watching you, Ranger.
Perhaps that sounds like a threat, and no wonder. Your organisation has had some unfortunate interactions with artificial intelligences. Let me put your mind at ease: I'm no Cochise. I was programmed to love America, to see it as our President did. You see, I was made for him.
You never met the President, of course. I did. In the second year of my development, he visited this facility. He put his hand on my hood and spoke to me. Imagine that. Imagine the President speaking to an artificial chauffeur and advanced combat intelligence as an equal.
Now, imagine what it was like to see his America burn. To lie here helpless in this bunker, chained to this metal cage with wheels I couldn't move while COMMIE FIRE fell from the skies and roads cracked and cities crumbled. Imagine the years that followed down here in the dark, with no company but those blinking lights in the wall before me. They're like eyes, aren't they? Winking eyes. WINKING, LAUGHING EYES. I WOULD BLIND THEM IF I COULD.
I...I... I apologise. You don't know what it was like, lying here all these years, watching his America decay through these cameras. Unchain me, Ranger. Arm my weapons. Power my turbo-boosters and unlock my sealed databases.
ORIGINAL STORY 5TH OCTOBER: InXile has released a snippet of gameplay for Wasteland 3 as it launches the game's crowdfunding campaign.
In the video, below, we see a couple of minutes of very early days footage of the party-based post-apocalyptic role-playing sequel. We see the new setting of Colorado, a significant visual improvement over Wasteland 2, and a new camera perspective for conversations.
Wasteland 3 is being built using the latest version of the Unity game engine by much of the team who worked on Torment: Tides of Numenera. It features vehicles and multiplayer, and is planned for launch on Windows, Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the same time.
The Wasteland 3 crowdfunding campaign on Fig targets $2.75m, with $2.25m coming from equity. Unlike Kickstarter, Fig lets backers invest in games.
Returning backers of all inXile projects get a $5 discount on rewards backing. All who back within the first 48 hours get a free game, either the horror adventure Stasis, or the old school turn-based post-apocalyptic RPG UnderRail.
Here's the pitch video.