Saints Row IV publisher to distribute Wasteland 2

Deep Silver announces distribution deal with developer inXile to publish retail release of Kickstarter success story Wasteland 2.

Saints Row IV and Metro: Last Light publisher Deep Silver has announced a distribution partnership with developer inXile for runaway Kickstarter success Wasteland 2.

Deep Silver will now handle the publishing duties for the retail release of Wasteland 2, QA testing for the non-English versions of the game, and the fulfillment of the physical goods given as part of the Kickstarter reward tiers.

Creative control of the game remains with inXile. “This has the added bonus of allowing us to spend more of the Kickstarter funds on development while continue to retain all ownership and control,” said inXile CEO Brian Fargo.

Wasteland 2 raised a whopping $2.93m on Kickstarter in April last year, with the post-apocalyptic RPG more than trebling its original target of $900,000.

Following the success of Wasteland 2, inXile also saw huge success with another Kickstarter campaign for Torment: Tides of Numenera, a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment. Tides of Numenera raised $4.1m.

Wasteland 2 is aiming to be released later in 2013.

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SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

This game looks great,  backed the combo pack on kickstarter in the form of  Torment + Wasteland 2 , can't wait :D

42316
42316

Deep Silver is making  a lot of gamers quite happy! GO DS!

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Nothing wrong with them publishing the game to make it available in more places. They have no say on the actual game so as long as that remains the way it is, then we have no problems.

Really hope this game doesn't get delayed for 2014.

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

I guess they'll be sending my collectors edition and gear.  All my copies are DRM free.  A non issue.

Verenti
Verenti

I'm not completely happy about this. I backed this game and about a dozen other kickstarters, because I don't want traditional publishers to have anything to do with my games. Mind that Deep Silver isn't a bad publisher per se, and inXile retains complete control, and they are getting the game out to people that would not otherwise have an opportunity to play the game (physical copies and localisations), I still don't like the idea of a game I kickstarted being released under a publisher's label.

xsubtownerx
xsubtownerx

Wasteland 2 is my most anticipated game of this year. I really hope it doesn't get any delays.


DefconRave
DefconRave

Backed it on kickstarter and from what I've seen so far its definitely a worthwhile purchase for me. Loved fallout:tactics and this looks to be its spiritual successor.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Saw the update they made on their Kickstarter going into it more, great news but....

what's going on? I've read through every comment here and I only see one confused person and no one saying that this is a terrible thing or complaining about either company. Did the trolls all take the day off? Maybe they are celebrating the Steam sale.


M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Great news. Can't wait for the game to come out.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Wow, this is deffinitely good news! Still have to wait for Fallout 4, but another good post-apocalyptic game will do it's job just fine.

deathstream
deathstream

Seems to defeat the point of Kickstarter.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Brian Fargo = Respect

Wasteland 2 = Day 1 purchase

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Looks cool...Maybe first PC game I will get since ......wow don't remember

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

"more than trebling its original target of $900,000"

Musically successful!

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

"Saints Row IV publisher to distribute Wasteland "

- Which looks a dozen times more interesting than Saint's Row IV....

Oogazi
Oogazi

on a completely unrelated news, Steam summer sale has just started

jrh1524
jrh1524

The purchase of an InExile game equals spit in the eye of corporate monolith EA and its lackey Bioware.

Revl8n
Revl8n

Gaming done right! Take away five levels of excessive executive compensation and the business model for great games is pretty easy to understand.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Great, I always choose boxed retail over digital.

jrh1524
jrh1524

I bet Wastland 2 doesn't make you clear the same area 5 times like Dragon Age 2 did...

yzeng
yzeng

day one buy just for AP based turnbase tactical game. 

jrh1524
jrh1524

People, InExile and Obsidian are the RPG companies of the future. Forget the bland, pandering RPGs coming out of corporate slug Bioware and focus on RPGs that go back to the roots: Story, Gameplay and Awesome Characters.

CyrenII
CyrenII

From their Kickstarter page:

"Does this change anything about inXile’s plans in DRM or DLC/expansions?

Not at all, that too remains in our control. Deep Silver is a perfect partner for this: they have no interest in interfering with our promises when it comes to DRM-free release or any future plans we may have for expansions, all our previous promises on these stand. So the only real impact for our backers is that the physical goods fulfillment is in good hands."

WIN! Definite day-one purchase for me.


Saketume
Saketume

Is this good news or bad news?

I don't know much about this publisher.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

@Verenti I can definitely see your point because it feels like it could become a slippery slope.  That said, I'm a pretty serious kickstarter backer with WL2 being one of about 10 games I'm in for, and I don't have a big issue with this deal.  The key factor for me is that InXile retained creative control and are delivering exactly what they promised me as a backer.  Now if they take their IP and _also_ sell some copies through a publisher after the fact, I consider that fair game.

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@Verenti I don't understand what's the or your problem here.  Deep Silver is only just distributing the game.

Geogyf
Geogyf

@Legolas_Katarn Complain about what?

The small company InExile is simply using the big company Deep Silver's more advanced infrastructures.


Wasteland 2 is DRM-free, that fact hasn't changed.

Deep Silver will only be handling retail distribution, Kickstarter reward fulfillment, and assistance with quality assurance testing for localized international releases.


Would you prefer a random company for shipping whose name you didnt know? Does the name matter? 


This is just simply put, outsourcing.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Kickstarter means publisher free, Deep Silver is merely distributing boxed copies, they're not financing the game or taking over.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@deathstream No it doesn't . Game is made by devs alone , they have full control , game is DRM free . They want the game to be accessible to more people , nothing wrong with that . Dreamfall Chapters' devs are also making deals with Nordic Games , Star Citizen had private investors before massive support from crowd .

eyehategod420
eyehategod420

@Oogazi I feel kind of content with my -66% off Chivalry: MW purchase on Steam. Going back and fourth between it and Last of Us multiplayer, don't really need anything else. Besides some Hotline Miami every now and then.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@Oogazi Well that explains why the store is currently overloaded and I can't access anything.

CP2077
CP2077

@jrh1524 you forgot CD projekt red buts yes a agree with you about Obsidian and InExile they look to be make some kick ass games 

koospetoors
koospetoors

@CyrenII I honestly never really planned on buying this, but I may just do so to show my support for such awesome practices.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@Saketume Good news actually, they published gems like Sacred 2 and Risen and even brought Catherine to Europe which was quite cool. They're also not going to force any DRM or other kinds of "extras" onto it which is a big plus, and if you backed the Kickstarter with a lot of money, then you'll definitely be receiving your physical goods.

All in all, Wasteland is in good hands, basically.

ziproy
ziproy

@Saketume I don't think it's either, just news. Like finding out Barack Obama had ham instead of turkey for lunch

Raventhade
Raventhade

@Hiddai Wasteland 2 raised $2,930,000 on Kickstarter. I think it's safe to say that a lot of people care.

CyrenII
CyrenII

@Hiddai Countless people who weren't able to back the game and are hoping to get a proper retail release, perhaps?

42316
42316

@troll_eat_troll @Verenti Yea....some people don't have access to Kickstarter paying methods or don't like not owning physical copies of their games.... Getting games into the hands f more people is never a bad thing!

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@Geogyf I make a post being amazed that commenters actually read the article and there aren't any confused people posting, and I end up creating one. 

Geogyf
Geogyf

@Legolas_Katarn @Geogyf hehe. you got baited! X_X


damiger
damiger

@MAD_AI @GothikaGeist @Oogazi w00t. All them sales! Cheap as hell ^^ 

Nvm steam just exploded.