Wasteland 2 delayed due to Kickstarter success

Game to begin beta testing in October; InXile to reveal new release date after receiving testing data and player feedback.

InXile Entertainment's Kickstarter-funded RPG Wasteland 2 will not make its intended October release, according to a post from the company on Kickstarter.

Fans of the original Wasteland will have to wait a little longer for the sequel.

InXile CEO Brian Fargo attributes the delay to the crowd-funding project's huge financial success and subsequent scope changes, with the campaign raising almost three times its initial $900,000 goal. "This feature complete playable is about six weeks behind where I had wanted it to be, but I can’t be too surprised, considering the increased scope. We have been able to accomplish so much in so little time by our experience, fantastic team, and tools," he said. As a result, Wasteland 2 will now go into beta testing in October this year.

The development team has also confirmed that it will be showing the game to media at this year's Gamescom expo, being held in Cologne, Germany, from August 21-25. While the game won't be shown to the public, the team will be creating a video for backers and fans, showcasing either the old prison or rail nomad camp stages.

InXile will announce a new release date for the game after it receives enough feedback from the beta testing phase. The fan-funded sequel to Wasteland received pledges of almost $3 million on Kickstarter when it ran in March last year.

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65 comments
soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

So basically "after receiving testing data and player feedback", the game is kinda fail. In other words, they need more cash to make it more awesome. So, keep pumping in that money.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Stretch goals do make the whole deadline thing more complicated.  A larger developer could bring in more people, but on the smaller scale sometimes it's more efficient to just keep your existing staff on salary longer.

At least they're not releasing the original version as-is, and then the stretch goal content as DLC!

Miriani
Miriani

Well I have both WL2 and Torment coming (contributed on the Torment tier that got me both) but I'm so far behind on my stack of RPGs that by Torment will probably be out by the time I'm caught up, so personally I'd just as soon see them take their time and get it right. I've got enough to work on to tide me over.

Inquisitha
Inquisitha

I never played the original game.
Which makes me feel bad, because it is supposed to really good.
I hope this will work out, though. I really want to play it :)

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

This and Torment: Tides of Numenera are going to be amazing and worth the wait. Mark my words.

kohle36
kohle36

As long as they're still using Wasteland funds, and don't peel anything off of Torment's budget to fund the delay, this is fine.

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

never really played the first wasteland but this one looks cool. I love the Fallout universe and as far as I know this is somewhat tied to it, so I'd definitely play it.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Never believe a Kickstarter release date.  If the game gets more money than it intended and they have to add more features, of course it'll take longer.

As long as they don't run out of money *coughDoubleFinecough*, take as long as you need.

Iranazi
Iranazi

As long as they haven't gotten ahead of themselves the way Double Fine did by trying to make a bigger game than they could afford I don't mind. I just want the game to be as good as possible when it's finally released.

Super_Tramp
Super_Tramp

are they sure it wasn't delayed, perhaps, because they got ahead of themselves and kickstarted a new game without finishing the first one?

shadowkratos774
shadowkratos774

Atleast they're still gonna show off something and have an estimated date for the full game unlike some people.

Leonelidas
Leonelidas

I'm ok with this. Don't want inXile to become EA (and it's greedy need to release something for the money)

In the meantime, Shadowrun!

korvus
korvus

I wonder if the increase in funding is directly translatable to increase in quality for these projects...

xMantaSx
xMantaSx

I prefer to have it later but tested and with as little bugs/gliches as possible. Not like some companies who relese incomplete/buged version and sometimes patches take half year or more to make game fully playable. If the game turns to be epic no one will complain about release date. At least not me.

pcps4dude
pcps4dude

As long as they use all that money we gave them to make the best possible experience, i don't care when i get my hands on it as long as it is before i die

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

This is what I hate about Kickstarter. These games get horribly overfunded and then they can't make their release dates. When they make stretch goals, thy should tell us how much they expect the goal to delay development by. Really pissed since almost everything I wanted this year got delayed. 2013 is a **** year for gaming.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

At least we have the imminent release of Shadowrun Returns to tide us over!

rvrevrevr
rvrevrevr

I'd rather games like this were late than buggy. Fallout 1 and 2 were plagued by bugs, just as Arcanum and Vampire: Bloodlines were. It took years for fans to release mods and fixes, doing something the original developers should have done themselves. And then there is KOTOR 2, that was being pushed for a Christmas release...

apolloooo
apolloooo

always better a few weeks delay with a finished product than fast release but full of crap.


do your best guys!

xsubtownerx
xsubtownerx

I want a great product so this is ok. But with that said, I really hop it releases this year.

bankai_456
bankai_456

please let it be released this year.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

no rush, i rather have a complete game that works on day 1 than a game with tones of content cut out do to time limits and of need to day 1 patches.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

you guys who diss the devs for a new release date crack me up..Youl be the same people complaining about bugs if its released to early..If they have extra income let them build a bigger game im all for it..Its some thing ill enjoy for years to come..So no what your talking about before putting people down..

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Take your time Brian . This game is going to be kick ass . However I am more excited about Torment .

Saketume
Saketume

Fantastic excuse! 

Pay less = done on time

Pay too much = delayed ;P

(not hating. I believe this game will be great)

nait2k4
nait2k4

Pfft, obviously these guys are not professionals. If this was a REAL developer, they would just release the game ASAP and add all the extra content in via $10 DLC packs (not included in Pledge rewards, please read your fine print).

Chunchula
Chunchula

Did you bother to read passed the title of the article? The Kickstarter collected $3 million dollars on a goal of $900,000. The reason the game is being delayed is because they collected so much money that  they are obliged or obligated to add more content to the game. Rather than pocket the money and give us less content.

So the only "fail" thing  here is your lack of reading or lack of comprehension. I don't know which.

NinjaCoopa
NinjaCoopa

@soulfulDAGGER  "I can happily announce that we remain well financed for development, thus allowing us to ship a product without compromise. This is primarily due to our disciplined spending, project planning and the benefit of our back catalog sales to cover any extra product features and content we loved." From Brian Fargo's latest update.

manio22
manio22

@soulfulDAGGER "fail" needs a comparison. To those that didn't follow the kickstarter it may be a fail because they have no idea what wasteland is all about. In either case a delay means feedback processing and game adaptation for better quality which is only a good thing....What? Only Blizzard with Titan is allowed to do this?

faceless-mask
faceless-mask

@kohle36 Torment raised 4.5 million for itself, and Wastelands raised close to 3 million. Also, I'm pretty sure they're better at managing their money than, say, Double Fine.

CapiChocapic
CapiChocapic

@Super_Tramp Yeah that was a red flag. I hope Wasteland is awesome. I sure hope they didn't do it because they've maybe seen it's not heading in the right direction and thought to get some more money while they still can.

Mojira7
Mojira7

@Leonelidas Shadowrun 3 more daays! the shorter the time gets the more painful the wait :(

Elann2008
Elann2008

@mrboone01 

3 million dollars isn't a lot these days.  Get off your high horse.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@mrboone01 40 hours long game beats 95% of all other games released, so yeah, that'd be damn impressive.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@mrboone01 Maybe you don't understand how Kickstarter works. Everyone who pledged could see exactly where the money was going, feature by feature. And if you're going to moan about the length or perceived linearity, then don't play it. Seriously. Nobody cares. It was already successful on Kickstarter, so someone not playing it because they're taking a stand over something stupid has literally no effect on anything. Cya.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@nait2k4 Brian Fargo is decades in the business. He may be old skool and fair, but he certainly is not unprofessional. Borrowed Time, Bard's Tale, Fallout, go Google..

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@mrboone01 Funny. I pointed out below that unlike regular game development, with Kickstarter, you can actually directly track what features are added for what amount of money, making your comment completely bogus, and yet you insist on repeating it, like it's an insight instead of completely incorrect. I guess you really *don't* understand how Kickstarter works. I'm sure that won't stop you from blathering on, though.

korvus
korvus

@mrboone01 Better to get the bang for somebody else's buck than for your own, right?

nait2k4
nait2k4

@SkyAboveThePort @nait2k4 Go Google? I don't remember that one, played all the rest though :) Anyways, I was being misogynistically sarcastic, sorry for the confusion :)

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@mrboone01 Right -- the 45,500+ successfully funded Kickstarter projects are a "fad." One of these days, all the whippersnappers are going to get off the intarwebs and go back to playing pinball machines, too, right, Grandpa?

nait2k4
nait2k4

@SkyAboveThePort @nait2k4 Or I am posting witless sarcasm, which has happened before. Don't you hate it when you think you have an awesome joke, but all you really have is a sentence?