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Wasteland 2 Kickstarter ends with over $3M in funding

Over 61,000 supporters have chipped in to help Interplay founder Brian Fargo bring about the end of the world in a sequel to the 1988 RPG classic, Wasteland. Last night, Fargo's Wasteland 2 Kickstarter campaign concluded with $2,933,197 in pledges and $108,173 in PayPal donations, bringing the total of the fundraising campaign to $3,041,370 – or roughly 340% of its original $900,000 goal.

Staffers at Fargo's current studio, inXile entertainment, celebrated the insanely successful campaign with a live wrap party featuring special guest appearances by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Interplay alumnus Chris Avellone. Last night's shenanigans have been recorded and preserved for humanity here.

The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter launched in mid-march and eclipsed the $1M mark in its opening days. In an April 4 update, the studio said it would bring in more designers to help flesh out the upcoming sequel if it were to break the $2.5 million donation mark. Fargo and company also hinted at developing a mod kit if the campaign reached $3 million, but no promises were made.

Fargo's final tally falls just shy of Double Fine's $3,336,371 Kickstarter total. Let's hope the community isn't too tapped out to support the recently launched Shadowrun Returns campaign (Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter hits target in two days) or the high-def Leisure Suit Larry project (Leisure Suit Larry HD remake takes to Kickstarter).

Matt Bradford wrote news and features here at GamesRadar+ until 2016. Since then he's gone on to work with the Guinness World Records, acting as writer and researcher for the annual Gamer's Edition series of books, and has worked as an editor, technical writer, and voice actor. Matt is now a freelance journalist and editor, generating copy across a multitude of industries.