Wasteland 2 backers could be receiving the original Wasteland on GOG or Steam before the end of the week

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Stumbling through the irradiated wilderness, we come to an serene and untainted grove. Is it real? Could it be? Is Wasteland 2 finally ready? Alas, no. These aren't glorious faux-isometric trees, but top down sprites. It was all a mirage - it's not Wasteland 2 we're approaching, but instead its precursor. The re-release of the original Wasteland - promised during the sequel's Kickstarter - should soon be delivered to backers, possibly as early as tomorrow.

Wasteland 1 to get Steam and GOG releases

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Wasteland 2 isn't due until late this year, but InXile and EA have a little something to keep us entertained in the meantime. It's a re-release of the original Wasteland - and it will run on modern PCs. The game's already been promised as a free token to backers of Wasteland 2, but as the latest Kickstarter update reveals, the rest of us will soon be able to pick it up in exchange for some of our pre-post-apocalyptic currency, at some point before 2's release. The team also showed off a bunch of new screenshots, which I've scavenged and presented below.

Wasteland 2 designers stress importance of player choices in the game's universe

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Even as Wasteland 2 works towards its planned October beta phase, designers at inXile Entertainment are emphasizing a complex system of player choice, according to a new interview at Rock Paper Shotgun. The more-than-funded Kickstarter project is currently about six weeks behind schedule, but the extra time should be reflected in the final "scope and scale of the game," according to inXile CEO Brian Fargo.

How I Game: Brian Fargo — CEO, inXile Entertainment

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Brian Fargo loves the intellectual engagement andentertainment value of video games. He's also the leader of inXile Entertainment, the studio behind Torment: Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2.

Wasteland 2 to come bundled with original Wasteland

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Brian Fargo and The Wasteland 2 team yoinked more than $3m in funding with a massively successful Kickstarter campaign back in April. All of the excitement of the big money win has died down a little as the devs get their heads down and start making the game. Now No Mutants Allowed note that Wasteland 2 will come packed with a nice nostalgic bonus, a free copy of the 1988 original that inspired Fallout.

"The #1 request we had during our Kickstarter campaign was to have the ability to play the first game," Brian Fargo said to someone writing a press release. "Fortunately EA has continued to support us on this project and has granted us the ability to bring the original to the players.

Double Fine success sparks Kickstarter boom

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The tremendous success of Double Fine's adventure game kickstarter campaign has had a dramatic knock on effect. A post on the Kickstarter blog outlines a few stats showing that many other Kickstarter projects, not just games, have benefited from Double Fine's success.

"Before Double Fine, one video game project had exceeded $100,000. Now, nine have," says the blog. Kickstarter has been around for a couple of years, before the Double Fine adventure game $1,776,372 was donated to games. "In the six weeks after Double Fine, $2,890,704 was pledged ($6,227,075 counting Double Fine)."

Of the 60,000 first-time pledgers, 22% went on to back another project. The majority of that money went towards other game Kickstarters like Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 campaign, but significant donations were made towards film, video and comic projects. A miniature industry has sprung up from the generosity of thousands of new backers brought in by the Double Fine adventure game. It's inspiring, but can it last?

Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Campaign kicks off, receives $500k in 24 hours

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After a 24 year wait, we could be getting a sequel to Wastelend. The post-apocalyptic RPG that inspired Fallout is being resurrected by its creators, but they need a little bit of help. Yesterday, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to try and raise $900,000 to fund the project.

"This is probably the last chance for a Wasteland sequel," say the team on the Kickstarter site. "We have tried to pitch this game multiple times to game publishers, but they’ve balked. They don’t think there’s any interest in a solid, old school type of game. This is our shot at proving them wrong. And more importantly this could help bring back an entire genre of RPGs."

After just a day, nearly 10,000 backers have contributed more than half a million dollars to the project. There are 34 days to go until the Kickstarter page closes. In other words, it looks like we're getting Wasteland 2. Wooo!