In February, Interplay founder Brian
Fargo announced he'd be following in Double Fine's footsteps and setting
up a Kickstarter campaign to fund a sequel to his 1988 end-of-days
RPG Wasteland. Now, less than one month later, Fargo's crowdfunding
experiment is proving to be a massive success, generating over $1 million in
donations in its first few days.
Learn what motivated Fargo to take the
fan-funding plunge in the campaign video:
At time of print,
the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter campaign has the backing of over 18,000
contributors, with funds exceeding the initial $900,000 goal by
nearly $120,000 and rising. Other industry veterans have also thrown
in their support, including Blizzard VP Rob Pardo, who wrote:
was one of the pioneers for the computer RPG with games like Bard's
Tale and Wasteland. I would be very excited to see what Brian could
achieve with a sequel to such a classic like the first Wasteland."
Fargo detailed his plans for the
Wasteland follow-up in a lengthy message on the Kickstarter page. In it, he said the project will reunite the Interplay team, including
Wasteland's original primary designers, Alan Pavlish and Mike
Stackpole, as well as the co-creator of Fallout, Jason Anderson. Fargo also
promised the game will retain much of the old-school goodness that
made Wasteland a cult classic, and that fans will have a chance to
contribute to its development through forums and future interactions.
is probably the last chance for a Wasteland sequel,” he insisted.
“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. The power of the Indie scene continues and
we see this as all part of a bigger trend of bringing control back to
With 32 days left in the Kickstarter
campaign, it's clear Fargo and his team are going to have a lot of
money to play with. This in mind, Fargo explained the extra
money will be used to add more missions, increase the map size, bulk
up the story, and generally “make the rich world alive even more”.
Double Fine's own Kickstarter
fundraiser ended yesterday at over $3 million. Will you be help Fargo
break Schafer's record?
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