Wasteland 2 Beta starts in October

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  1. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    In the latest Wasteland 2 Kickstarter update, inXile CEO Brian Fargo announces that the beta for Wasteland 2 is planned for October. inXile will have a better idea of the release date after getting the feedback from players:<blockquote>In the next month we expect to have a version of the game that is feature complete, meaning all basic game functionality is in. This covers the combat system, character creation, radio support, world map travel, logbook, inventory, loot drop system, save games, AI functionality and much more. In addition all of the game maps are in and we have been in the process of making art and reactivity passes already. The basic building blocks of each level are in and the artists are fully propping them out, and the progress on this front is staggering. The hallmark of a great RPG is how reactive the world is, so our scripters are busy focusing on increasing this aspect of the game. We have encounters that look at the gender makeup of the party, the health of the party, the NPCs who have joined you and so many of the various world states. This is the kind of subtlety I love and makes the games both deep and re-playable.

    Mark Morgan has had his all music segments assigned and is on schedule as expected. Our particle effects man is working hard through his list so we get the drama and graphical payoff we are looking for. The portrait artists are all cranking on an amazing array of different pieces of art. Our sound team is in full swing with all of the various sounds coming in at a rapid pace.

    This feature complete playable is about 6 weeks behind where I had wanted it to be but I can’t be too surprised considering the increased scope. We have been able to accomplish so much in so little time by our experience, fantastic team and tools.

    Unity has played a huge part in allowing us to make a game of this scale in a short period of time. The ease of use with Unity, the asset store and our working with the crowd to help source additional content has allowed us to spend less time on the mundane and more on the creative aspects. I read a quote once that said “art is born from adversity and restrictions” and I think that perfectly applies to this process. The process for development of this game is one that was born from necessity and has made us smarter about how to deliver an amazing amount of content for a reasonable budget. We have also benefited from having just one game in production at a time.

    As a producer I always find myself in a conflicting role of both pushing on the design and detail to achieve something special yet at the same time keep it on schedule but that is the job. I’m quite pleased with Wasteland 2 from both a graphical and creative aspect; the scope of the game will be quite a surprise for people.

    As this tremendous amount of content comes together, we get to the artistry of making a game. I will soon be able to truly experience the game to get a sense of mood, timing, balance, variety, reactivity, strategic thinking and overall fun. The first phase of this will involve getting it into the hands of a few select players so we can analyze what we have and hone in on the right elements. And once we have made several passes at this phase we will open it up for our beta testers to get reactions and help us further hone the experience.

    We plan to begin beta testing in October.

    You have helped make this game a reality and you will be with us to the end in shaping the final piece through your comments. The best moments in a reactive RPG come during this phase, which provides for touches and details that could have never all been captured in the upfront design. The beta testing will be critical to help us hone in on finalizing a game that can become a classic. And with your help and input we will release the game when it’s ready.

    Thanks to this new crowd sourced model of game production we have the luxury of working on a game that won’t be rushed out the door. Under the old process we would often have either retail or a publisher pressuring us to ship a game before we were happy with it. Or the more draconian measure of being sued or having the game handed to another developer to finish, (yes those clauses are fairly common) if we wanted to spend more time polishing our little gem… fortunately we have NONE of this.

    Once the beta testing begins in October and once we have enough feedback from testing, we can evaluate where we’re at and set a new release date. By that stage, over ten thousand of our backers will have gotten to play the game with us. In the end, quality comes before everything and fortunately the backers have been in line with us to make sure we get it right.</blockquote>On top of that, the game will be shown to the press at Gamescom, and inXile will prepare a new video to show backers. The candidates are either the Rail Nomad Camp or the Old Prison.

    There's also an informative podcast interview with Fargo and Nathan Long, courtesy of the folks at Through the Aftermath, and you can find summaries at the RPG Codex and GameBanshee if you don't have time to listen to it (it's more than an hour long after all!).

    Finally, there's a new piece of artwork, an upgraded Centron Deluxe Model:

  2. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Woohoo beta testing!
  3. aenemic

    aenemic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jun 4, 2008
    I'm getting real anxious for this game. A bit jealous of whoever gets to beta test it, but at the same time I wouldn't want to spoil the experience with too many bugs and trying to break the game.
  4. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

    Jun 11, 2008
    I hope BN on board will ensure this game is good :-)
    Already playing it, I presume.
  5. dukem

    dukem First time out of the vault

    Jun 23, 2003
    I used to love betas.
    get the game early, play for free, being able to contribute to the game.
    very much want to play this game but I think I'll prefer the release version this time.
  6. Sobboth

    Sobboth It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 29, 2010
    Quite funny hehe.
    To be honest what would have been a real news is if the release date was not delayed :)
    As almost everybody else i don't care about the delay.
  7. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jan 31, 2008
    Better delayed than what Schafer is pulling with Broken Age... I get half a game! Agh..