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inXile Entertainment confirm Wasteland 2 Linux release


For all you #Wasteland fans out there, Wasteland 2 is finally getting a Linux release, thanks to the engine it is being #developed on, getting native Linux support. Wasteland 2 is an #RPG being developed by inXile Entertainment and developer Brian Fargo.

For the uninitiated, the original game came out way back in 1988. The game’s premise is that of humans fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic America. Sounds similar to something? If your answer is Fallout, then you’d be absolutely correct. Wasteland was the precursor to the Fallout series, created by the same developers. The original Wasteland game was published by Electronic Arts. Despite doing really well, the publisher didn’t go for a sequel even with the developers pushing for one. The developers didn’t stop and instead made another game with the same premise, Fallout. The game was a critical hit and ended up spawning multiple sequels. Now in the age of crowd funding, with the variable of publisher dependence out of the equation, inXile Entertainment are finally getting back to their roots and developing a sequel to the game that started it all.

As promised on their Kickstarter page, the game will have Linux support. The developers had originally promised to release the game back in 2013, but since they were facing problems porting the game to Linux, the release got delayed. But with the Unity engine now supporting Linux natively, that problem is solved, as can be seen from the latest Beta, which has support for Linux. The developers also confirmed that the next release of the Beta is almost done with just some finishing touches left to be filled in. It has been in testing for quite a few weeks and can be expected to go live by next week.

In a post in the Kickstarter website, the developer said, “This beta update will include the first release of the Linux build, new merchant UI elements, the Missile Silo map, the Darwin Village map, an updated leadership skill, a few new enemies with unique AI (I dare you to get in combat with the suicide monks…), many additional balance tweaks, tutorial, lots of optimization and oh-so-much more.”

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