Fargo says Meantime, Van Buren trademarks not part of what's up next

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  1. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Jul 5, 2003
    We can return to speculating about which game inXile is going to resurrect next. Brian Fargo has confirmed that he has registered both Meantime and Van Buren as trademarks, but told IGN that neither of these ideas are "part of what's up next".

    "I truly feel fortunate that with crowdfunding and the great response to Wasteland 2 I can actually start to plot out a long RPG future for us. I think it's important to remember that some of these ideas are, at best, many years away. While they are not a part of what's up next, I certainly would not have filed for them if I didn't have a deep interest in exploring these concepts."

    So which long-awaited game are inXile going to produce after Wasteland 2 and Torment? Another installment of the Bard's Tale franchise is a realistic option, as Fargo's 2004 re-boot was more of a satirical take on the genre than a real sequel. Other options I've seen floated are sequels to Arcanum, Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale, but inXile would have to find a way to finagle the licenses for those games from their respective owners, and in the latter two cases, would probably have to strike a deal with Hasbro for the right to use D&D. Certainly not impossible, but not very likely for a relatively small studio like inXile.

    So what do you guys think?
  2. K.C. Cool

    K.C. Cool It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 4, 2005
    Man, an Arcanum sequel would be amazing. Who owns the license to that game? Sierra?
  3. Vandal delle 3V

    Vandal delle 3V First time out of the vault

    Nov 7, 2005
    arcanum or bust!!
  4. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Arcanum 2 without Tim Cain? That doesn't sound much appealing to me, to be honest. Or are they planning to cooperate with Obsidian in some way, as they did during Wasteland 2 development? That should be investigated some more. Where are those vigorous gaming journos when one needs them! :razz:
  5. BigBoss

    BigBoss Your Local Scrub

    Dec 24, 2012
    I don't know. I could give a shit less about Brian Fargo and what InXile is making next.

    My eye's are on Obsidian.
  6. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Carbon Dated and Proud

    Nov 26, 2007
    Brian Fargo seems on good terms with Obsidian, and with sharing employees... Whose to say that Tim couldn't work on Arcanum 2.
  7. DarkNacht

    DarkNacht First time out of the vault

    Dec 12, 2014
    I don't think Arcanum needs a sequel, but I would love to see inXile make a steampunk RPG, preferably with as many of the main Troika designers as possible. Anderson already works with inXile and Cain probably would not be too hard for them to get to join on.
  8. FearMonkey

    FearMonkey Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 12, 2011
    How about Dragon Wars, Lionheart or Stonekeep? :p

    EDIT: FYI, Activision owns Arcanum.
  9. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    I wouldn't mind a Dragon Wars 2 sequel as the setting sounded interesting, and I would love to see some of the fake paragraph stuff actually being appear in a game.
  10. Nas92

    Nas92 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Sep 8, 2012
    This is going to sound extreme, but I say let dead franchises stay dead, start something new instead. Wasteland 2 would be a so much better game if it wasn't hold back by the fact that it is a Wasteland sequel, and I get the feeling that Torment: Tides of Numenera will be massively held back by the need to ape and reference Planescape: Torment.
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  11. Emperor

    Emperor Simplesmente Rajuma

    Aug 4, 2013
    I agree with you, W2 really starts in the end of Arizona and in California or so I heard. The begging and middle ( of Arizona) is a bit tiresome to go trough ( one of reasons that I still didn't finished W2) but they needed to show what The Desert Rangers and Arizona had become after the events of the first game.

    I can't see how, it's another setting with another rules and aspects. Apart from easter eggs, the only thing that they need to reference or stay true to Planescape is good writing writing and memorable characters. One could say combat but everybody knows how that turned out in Planescape and Numenera is using the Crisis thing to replace it. ( Combat will only happen in certain scenarios)
  12. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    well I hope they will not make in some kind of interactive book. Combat should be one of many different choices, if you choce to follow down that path.
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  13. Emperor

    Emperor Simplesmente Rajuma

    Aug 4, 2013
  14. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    This. I'm as sick and tired of game sequels as I am of movie sequels/remakes. I'm also sick and tired of post-apoc games, it's been like a disease the last couple of years. We need a developer who understands and appreciates the glorious past of RPG gaming but has his eyes firmly fixed on its future.
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  15. Diospyros

    Diospyros First time out of the vault

    Jul 15, 2008
    I understand what you mean, but Inexile wouldn't have come anywhere near making as much money from their Kickstarters if it wasn't for the Wasteland and Torment names. I think it was sequels of great original games of the past or nothing at all. I do hope that after a few of these sequels they will have enough in the bank to try out an original IP again.
  16. Gnarles Bronson

    Gnarles Bronson regular mutant

    Oct 30, 2011
    This is going to sound extreme, but I like sequels. I like when a universe that I enjoy gets expanded. I'm all for new things, but it's nice playing in a familiar setting too.
  17. Gaspard

    Gaspard Kasparov

    May 7, 2009
    I wouldn't mind some more "true" cRPGs. There are so many tactical combat RPGs out now that it's getting tiresome. Alec's right about the post apocalypse genre as well.
    I'm expecting some interesting mechanics and good story from Tides of Numenera, for example , but genre wise it's essentially a magical dungeons and dragons type of game.
    How about something new entirely - a space opera RPG, anyone? Or some eldritch mistery in a setting that's not already thoroughly explored in fiction. Not an RPG in any sense, but This War of Mine was a refreshing change from the usual takes on war games.
  18. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Not as staunchly against sequuels as the others, but Jesus fuck, a good new ip would be welcome more often that is not a rethread of the same shit. I wouldn't say post apoc games are too cliched, but instead Zombie games are the real plague, they all tell the same stories and are too obsessed with being super cereal nowadays....
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  19. UnidentifiedFlyingTard

    UnidentifiedFlyingTard Vault Fossil

    Mar 12, 2009
    If people think post apocalyptic games are overdone, they must think fantasy games are even worse at this point.
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  20. Ceratisa

    Ceratisa Sarcastic SOB

    Nov 4, 2013
    This, I love fantasy RPGs but those are literally dime a dozen in comparison to post-apoc RPGs