Wasteland 2

It's an old-school RPG from a simpler era, but the charm endures regardless.


FeatureInXile acquired by Microsoft: the interview

"We've had one hand tied behind our back; now, no longer."

FeatureThe long journey of Wasteland 2

After 26 years in the wilderness the grandfather of post-apocalyptic role-playing returns.

Feature"It's kind of funny to be competing with my own franchise"

Brian Fargo on Wasteland 2, Fallout and inXile's crowdfunded future.

Key events

FeatureInXile acquired by Microsoft: the interview

"We've had one hand tied behind our back; now, no longer."

On Saturday 10th November, Microsoft announced buying Californian role-playing game developers inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment. Two studios independent which had fought for survival for a decade-and-a-half were now under the Xbox umbrella. The message from Microsoft was reassurance: don't worry, nothing will change, we won't kill them - they'll continue to make the games you love, only they'll have more resources and support available to "fully realise" their ambitions. Nevertheless, questions remained.

InXile teases Wasteland 2 on Nintendo Switch

It's got a whole Ranger games now.

I never thought I'd see Wasteland 2 and Nintendo Switch in the same sentence but here we are. InXile boss Brian Fargo has tweeted a picture of the Wasteland 2: Director's Cut menu on a Switch console.

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut confirms a release date

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux on 13th October, developer inXile has announced.

Retail versions of the console ports will launch the same day in North America, though these physical editions won't come out until 16th October in Europe.

Furthermore, those who own the PC, Mac or Linux versions will be able to upgrade to the Director's Cut at no additional charge.

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Wasteland 2 Director's Cut video showcases improvements

The renamed GOTY Edition for PC and consoles "late summer".

The Game of the Year Edition of Wasteland 2 is now known as the Director's Cut. This is the spruced up version being released on PS4 and Xbox One, and re-released for free on PC to existing owners of the game.

inXile saving Van Buren trademark for a rainy day

Black Isle's Fallout 3 codename not dead and buried.

Van Buren was the codename for a game Black Isle Studios intended to be Fallout 3. But in 2003 Black Isle went down with the Interplay ship and the series would eventually be resuscitated by Bethesda - a series that will continue, maybe as soon as this year, with Fallout 4.

Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight announced for Xbox One

Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight announced for Xbox One

UPDATE: Wasteland 2 also coming to PS4.

UPDATE 5/03/2015 12.31am: Wasteland 2 is also coming to PS4, inXile has confirmed.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/03/2015 10.04am: Microsoft has confirmed a new list of self-published games headed to Xbox One via its ID@Xbox program, including Kickstarter success Wasteland 2.

The old-school party-based RPG arrives on Xbox One in Game of the Year form, and includes new combat mechanics, voice-overs, and an overhauled lighting system powered by Unity 5.

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Wasteland 2 review

26 years is a hell of a long time to wait for a sequel, though it's arguable that Wasteland 2 is as much an alternate Fallout 3 as it is the continuation of the original post-apocalyptic role-playing game. At the very least, it's the two branches of the family tree finally wrapping around each other. Here, Wasteland's more whimsical apocalypse and tongue-in-cheek style - where you're as likely to face giant mutated rabbits and toads as radioactive scorpions - meet Fallout's combat, exploration and interface. Also its feel. And its moral choices. While original Wasteland was definitely this game's alma mater, it's obvious where it got its PhD.

Price and availability

Digital Deluxe Edition on Steam: 44.99

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Wasteland 2 release date set for next month

Wasteland 2 release date set for next month

"The 20+ year wait is soon over."

Wasteland 2 is set for a 19th September release, series creator Brian Fargo announced via twitter.

"The 20+ year wait is soon over," he noted.

Previously Wasteland 2 was planned for an August release, but you know how these things are.

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FeatureThe long journey of Wasteland 2

After 26 years in the wilderness the grandfather of post-apocalyptic role-playing returns.

In late 2011, while on a business trip to Singapore, Brian Fargo gave a presentation to a room full of people about old-school role-playing games. As founder of Interplay, he'd worked on many: Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Fallout 1 and 2. He had a lot to say.

Wasteland 2 confirmed for August release

Wasteland 2 confirmed for August release

The beta's new update roughly doubles the game's size.

Wasteland 2 is set for an August release, developer inXile has announced in its latest Kickstarter update.

Originally scheduled for an October 2013 release, Wasteland 2 was delayed quite a bit as it grew in scope. "What we're releasing is a game of much greater scope than we ever dreamed of when starting our Kickstarter," inXile boss Brian Fargo stated. "More features, more areas, more reactivity, more words, all thanks to you for funding our game and for giving us the time needed to finish it."

Beta owners will be happy to hear that a major update has just been released that roughly doubles the size of the game. "This update adds the final major area of Arizona, meaning the Wasteland 2 beta now includes all Arizona maps, which is approximately half the entire game!" Fargo exclaimed. More details can be found on the Wasteland 2 Tumblr.

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Wasteland 2 beta update goes live next week

Wasteland 2 beta update goes live next week

Two new screenshots released.

The next, major update to post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 goes live on Steam on Monday, 24th February, developer inXile has announced.

In an update on the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page inXile chief Brian Fargo repeated comments he issued to Eurogamer in a recent interview in saying development of the game was "in the final stretch".

In the update he mentioned a three month plan which is intended to "create a significantly better game", "but do be aware the end of this three month plan does not represent the finish line, at that point there will still be work to do before we can release the game".

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Wasteland 2 dev promises to improve game's combat

InXile returns to work and 8000 player suggestions.

Wasteland 2 developer is back to work after the Christmas break - and is sifting through some 8000 comments from players of the beta on how to improve the old-school post-apocalyptic role-playing game.

Wasteland 2 beta review

Wasteland 2 beta review

Nuclear and improved.

Eurogamer's alpha and beta reviews are reviews of games that are still in development but are already being offered for sale or funded by micro-transactions. They offer a preliminary verdict but have no score attached. For more information, read our editor's blog.

Wasteland is not Fallout. It's worth remembering that, because inXile certainly has. It's a series with something of a convoluted family tree though, and that other post-apocalyptic role-playing game's branches haven't exactly been pruned. Mechanically at least, Wasteland 2 is every bit as much a spiritual successor to the original Fallout games as they were to the original Wasteland, with exploration and turn-based combat that have next to nothing in common with how the original game handled things. In both soul and setting though, it's unmistakably the sequel it claims to be; a trek through a rather more tongue-in-cheek apocalypse where, for starters, rabbits have as much chance as scorpions of being rapidly promoted up the food chain.

This Early Access version is, however, firmly a sneak peek at the full game, and quite a short one. As in the original Wasteland, you're not simply a wandering nobody with a knack for finding trouble, but a squad of four rookie Desert Rangers - self-appointed protectors of the wastes. They're not the only such faction out there, nor quite the beacons of law and justice they'd like everyone to see them as, but they are always there on the end of a radio when settlements under their protection need a helping hand and would prefer it to be holding a gun of some kind.

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Video: Let's Play the Wasteland 2 beta

VideoVideo: Let's Play the Wasteland 2 beta

Bertie sees the Ranger treats on offer.

Wasteland 2 is in the hands of the public! At the moment those hands belong to people who backed the game on Kickstarter, but later today they'll belong to anyone who wants to pay for Steam Early Access.

I managed to sneak my way into the beta yesterday and capture my first forays into the post-apocalyptic world that Brian Fargo's inXile has built. Remember that this is a beta and there are plenty of caveats that come with that, but it's a broader audience that will now help inXile shape the game for final release.

But is it any good? Is this the nostalgic masterpiece that paved the way for so many others on Kickstarter last year? The early signs are extremely positive.

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The Wasteland 2 beta is here

The Wasteland 2 beta is here

Now for backers, soon for Steam Early Access.

The PC (Windows) beta for Wasteland 2, one of the first massive successes on Kickstarter, is finally here. (Linux and Mac versions are in the works but need more testing first.)

InXile announced that backers can log-in to their Ranger Center accounts and grab a Steam key now.

Everyone else will have to wait until paid Steam Early Access opens, "which we will do after our backers have had a crack at it", explained Brian Fargo, "leader in exile" as he styles himself.

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Two new Wasteland 2 screenshots released as beta nears

Two new Wasteland 2 screenshots released as beta nears

Won't be available for at least a few weeks.

inXile Entertainment has released two new screenshots of post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 ahead of the launch of the early beta.

The screenshots, above and below, show "a wide variety of diversity amongst the environments you will travel through, both in aesthetic and environment design", project lead Chris Keenan wrote on the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page.

Meanwhile, the Wasteland 2 beta nears release. inXile is currently fixing bugs found by its internal QA team, with the goal of getting the sections that will be available in the early beta stable and playable. It expects this process to take a few more weeks.

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Wasteland 2 18-minute gameplay video released

inXile Entertainment has released an 18 minute gameplay walkthrough video of post-apocalyptic strategy RPG Wasteland 2.

The video, complete with narration from project lead Chris Keenan, shows off the Prison level, which he says is either the fourth or fifth level of the game. The Prison used to be the home of the Rangers in the original Wasteland, but the Red Scorpion Militia took control after the Rangers ditched it.

The video shows off the game's conversation system, exploration and combat. We also get a glimpse at how your decisions can affect the world around you in the short and long term.

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Deep Silver to publish crowdfunded Wasteland 2

inXile still retains creative control, while Deep Silver handles distribution.

While Wasteland 2 is a primarily crowdfunded effort, developer inXile Entertainment has partnered up with Dead Island publisher Deep Silver to handle the highly-anticipated sequel's distribution.

InXile reveals 15-minute Wasteland 2 gameplay video

The first gameplay footage of inXile's Kickstarted Wasteland 2 game has been published.

There's nearly 15 minutes of video to watch, with gameplay captured direct from dev director Chris Keenan's computer. He explains what you're seeing.

The demo level is set in an agricultural centre that was a part of Wasteland 1. The plants have taken to murder, as they do, and a team of Rangers is called to the scene.

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What a year Kickstarter had in 2012

How many game ideas do you think were pitched?

What a year Kickstarter had in 2012. Tim Schafer's Double Fine kicked the crowd-funding website into orbit back in March, raising more than $3 million to make an old-school adventure game.

FeatureDevelopers' Most Anticipated Games of 2013

BioShock! GTA5! The Last of Us! Beyond!

With 2012 already a smudged headline on yesterday's newspaper, it's time to get excited, all over again, for the next twelve months and the incredible games they are sure to bring. There are some amazing-looking games due out this year, including Grand Theft Auto 5, BioShock Infinite, Beyond, The Last of Us and more. And with the next-generation of consoles set to explode onto the scene, proper brand new games are surely not far behind. Hopefully.

First Wasteland 2 concept art revealed

Fallout New Vegas dev confirmed to help make game.

inXile has released the first Wasteland 2 concept art hot on the heels of confirmation that Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment has signed on to help with the game's development.

Obsidian lined up to co-develop Wasteland 2

But only if Fargo can raise another $500K on Kickstarter.

Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian will co-develop RPG sequel Wasteland 2 as long as Brian Fargo and inXile Entertainment can raise $2.1 million on Kickstarter in the next 17 days.