InXile‘s post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 will be ready for release in August, the developer #announced today.
Wasteland 2 is a sequel to the original Wasteland released in 1988; it was successfully funded via #Kickstarter in 2012. The game is currently available as an #EarlyAccess title. According to game designer Brian Fargo, feedback from the beta has been beneficial, and he’s “proud of the way Wasteland 2 is shaping up.”
As director Brian Fargo wrote: “It’s exciting to be in this home stretch, and all your support and feedback throughout the process has made the game much better than it would have been otherwise. What we’re releasing is a game of much greater scope than we ever dreamed of when starting our Kickstarter. 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. My goal has been to over-deliver on your expectations for Wasteland 2.”
“The scope of the game is immense with a word count that is greater than The Lord of the Rings novels and a solid 50 hour+ game experience that has diversity from beginning to end,” Fargo said. “My goal has been to over deliver on our backer’s expectations for Wasteland 2.”
Earlier this month, inXile announced that it would reveal the game’s launch date before the end of May. The date marks the end of a three-month plan outlined in February, suggested that the developer was focused only on addressing bugs. According to a blog post from Fargo, the game is “internally feature complete, but not feature locked.”
“What that means is that every feature is in our dev builds but we’re still testing functionality, gameplay balance impact and even quality,” Fargo said. “If a feature is not good enough, we’ll cut it, but if fan feedback and internal review indicates it’s vital, we’ll double down on it. But the main focus for the new few months lies with balancing, optimizing and of course mercilessly hunting down bugs. Then reworking character creation and HUD screens, adding difficulty levels, and spiffier icons.
“But we are not yet in full lock-down, it is important for us to stay flexible for iterations as we keep learning from the backer beta.”
Wasteland 2 is being developed for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. The developer recently released a new update to the beta that adds the game’s final Arizona areas.