Double Fine may have sparked a revolution of sorts
last week when it raised oodles of cash to help fund its adventure
game side-project through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The
success of the sans-publisher experiment has since piqued the
interest of game makers everywhere, including that of the PC RPG
pioneer and current inXile Entertainment CEO, Brian Fargo.
“Pondering bringing Wasteland back
through this crowdfunding. It's a world I have longed to work with
again,” tweeted Fargo, referencing his 1988 post-apocalyptic RPG
which served as the inspiration for the Fallout series. Responding to
the immediate positive feedback, he added, “Very encouraging to see
all the love for a new Wasteland. Crowdfuning might be the perfect
way to make it a reality...”
Fargo, who also had a hand in creating
classics like Bard's Tale and Baldur's Gate, confirmed his intentions
to IGN, noting he and his team are already kicking around ideas for
the Wastelander reboot. If it is a reality, Fargo insisted the
game would not stray far from its PC gaming roots, explaining, “[It] would
be focusing on top-down, probably isometric, party based, skill based
– where if you'd just finished playing Wasteland and moved onto
this you'd feel comfortable.”
Later, he delivered a similar message to
followers, tweeting, “I want fans to know that a new Wastleand
would be complete old school vibe and made with input from gamers.
Made the gamers way.”
Fargo estimated it would take nearly a
million dollars to develop a Wasteland follow-up. And while he admitted
the Kickstarter model isn't likely to work for every studio, he said his
project carries a special significance in the gaming community, insisting, “A
lot of people have forgotten that there would have been no Fallout if
there wasn't a Wasteland."
Wasteland Kickstarter campaign is expected to go live within a month.
Will you be part of the crowd?