Gamers Contribute Over $1 Million To "Wasteland 2" Kickstarter Fund

Brad Chacos

Our beloved Fallout grew from the barren seeds of Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic RPG created by Interplay in 1988. But while Fallout may be the unofficial successor to the stand-alone Wasteland, an official successor is now waiting in the wings. Brian Fargo, Interplay founder and executive producer for both Fallout and Wasteland, has raised over $1 million in KickStarter funding for Wasteland 2 -- and he's bringing his old design friends along for the ride.

Joining Fargo will be Wasteland designers Alan Pavlish, Mike Stackpole and Ken St. Andre, Fallout co-creator Jason Anderson, and music from Fallout 1 and 2's Mark Morgan. They've also wrangled in concept artist Andree Wallin and are working on pulling in even more Wasteland/Fallout vets to the cause.

Fargo's original goal was to raise at least $900,000; as of right now, the total stands at $1,019,080 with nearly 18,000 people contributing. (Fudzilla reports that Razer honcho Min-Liang Tan ponied up $10,000 towards that total.) And if the money keeps coming in, Wasteland 2 will only get bigger and better. The team pledges to include additional maps, music, stories, challenges and even a Mac version if the funding hits the $1.25 million and $1.5 million milestones.  "That’s a lot of money needed, but not when compared with the budgets of most full scale RPGs made today," the Kickstarter page notes.

Pledging $15 gets you a DRM-free copy of the game when it launches (Estimated to be October 2013), while upping the ante gets you even more goodies, including boxed copies complete with art books and cloth maps, access to closed beta trials on Steam, and even the ability to have weapons and locations named in your honor. Heck, if you've got $5,000 laying around that you feel like contributing, the team will even go so far to erect a statue of you somewhere in the game.

That about covers it, but if you want more info or feel like contributing to the game's development, be sure to check out the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page .

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