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InXile Entertainment continues to improve RPG Wasteland 2 visuals and modding


Released last year, InXile Entertainment continues to update its crowdfunded #RPG, Wasteland 2. Now, the team has #expanding upon its original #plans for further post-release support, coming in changes such as “receiving a facelift” for the game and tools for modding.

Already releasing the sixth big patch for Wasteland 2, InXile outlined some of its next big plans. “Part of the newfound freedom we’ve gained from being an exclusively crowdfunded company is that it allows us to offer a high level of post-release support. While this is normal practice for an active multiplayer game, we believe that the ongoing improvements to the single player experience in Wasteland 2 are worth the time and money”, writes project lead Chris Keenan in a the recent update. “The game truly continues to be a passion project for the team here at inXile.”

Keenan even went on to  reveal how InXile’s plans have changed. “If you’ve been keeping a close eye on things, you might have heard tell that we’re looking at doing some more balancing and improvements of Wasteland 2 in the future,” he said. “We have expanded our original plan and decided that this is going to be a part of something much larger for all our fans.”

“In pursuit of this goal, one task we’re working on right now is migrating the Wasteland 2 codebase from the Unity 4.5 engine to Unity 5, which will enable some new possibilities for us. A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the tools from Unity 4.x Pro. We relied on many of these tools during our development (like creating and building navigation meshes), and they will be available to modders without having to pay thousands of dollars for a Pro Unity license. There is no doubt that this migration will allow us to release better tools for modding to our community in the future. Let’s just say that the Orange County lifestyle might be getting to us as the game will be receiving a facelift,” Keenan said. “Unity 5 offers physically based shading, which is already starting to look amazing in the scenes we’ve touched up.

This is rather impressive for Wasteland 2, which was released last September for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. A sequel to the original Wasteland way back in 1988. And we must say, it is a pleasure to know InXile Entertainment are going out their way to keep the “Very Positive” reviews.