Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Update #8

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Brother None, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    The 8th update to the Wasteland 2 funding drive talks about what happens as the money increases (at $1.980 mil now (Kickstart + Paypal), with 12 days left to go).<blockquote>I would like to give a little visibility on what we would expect to add to the game if we hit $2.5 million and $3.0 million. And do keep in mind that ALL money raised goes into development.

    Scope and scale is the number one request, and it is what we are focusing our monies on primarily. So at 2.5 million dollars we would bring in another couple of designers to help create more areas. This will not only increase the overall size and depth of the world, but it translates to more story lines and more player options as well. At this funding level we would also bring more level scripters in to allow us to get levels in faster. When we get levels in faster it allows more iteration time to really hone things in. I believe that iteration time is the single most important factor towards shipping a polished and deep game.

    In addition, we will add more NPC portraits and equipment artwork as per what the fans have requested in the forums. We would also increase the music budget to allow Mark Morgan to layer in even more atmosphere. The bottom line is that this kind of budget
    ensures that Wasteland 2 is BIGGER than Wasteland 1. And for the people that remember little Billy from WL1... well he was left for dead and he is pissed.

    The third most asked about feature is for us to provide a mod kit to allow players to create their own scenarios. I have always loved those kinds of tool-sets to set players loose to keep the world expanding. To create these kinds of tools is time consuming and requires a separate team of guys to do it. While we are not ready to commit to that feature yet, we can say that if we were to hit 3 million dollars, it would be possible to do a mod kit without cutting into the plan for the main game. In fact, IF we ended up making the mod kit we would not release it until after Wasteland 2 shipped as our hands will be quite full to ensure things are done well. The game will also increase in scope as well so this is not a binary equation. As always, we will be posting polls in the forums to help with these sorts of decisions. Yes we are reading the forums!

    On the production front we have already started our pre-production process. We have our art team starting work on setting the look of the game. Once we have the look established, we will run tests across several different technologies we are evaluating to settle in on our tech for the project.

    And Andrée Wallin is wrapping up his first concept piece for the Desert Rangers and they look bad ass. It's a beautiful mixture of the military with touches of the old west rangers.</blockquote>
     
  2. egalor

    egalor Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Jun 20, 2007
    $2.5M? Seems very unlikely to me. Let's stay realistic.
     
  3. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    $3M is unrealistic. $2.5 is very unlikely but not impossible. At the current rate I'd guess it'll end up around $2.3, with the final-day spike. Depends on if they do something with it.
     
  4. Agrajag

    Agrajag First time out of the vault

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    Apr 13, 2006
    It's at $1.95 mil now... Is there some mistake, or did they really lose 30k in just an hour after these news?
     
  5. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    1.98 TOTAL. 1.949 from KS right now, 36K from Paypal. So as of the top of the hour they're at 1.985, $5K over where they were when the update was posted half an hour ago.
     
  6. Agrajag

    Agrajag First time out of the vault

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    Apr 13, 2006
    Ah, yes, I just read the update again more carefully. That's a relief.
     
  7. egalor

    egalor Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Jun 20, 2007
    They say that they broke the $2M tier already (with those PayPal donations).
     
  8. Mad Max RW

    Mad Max RW Mildly Dipped

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    Jan 12, 2004
    Heh, it's actually Bobby. A couple hours later Fargo corrected the post. I thought it was amusing he forgot the name of one of the first characters you meet in a game he made. Easy mix-up, though.
     
  9. Nexuiz

    Nexuiz First time out of the vault

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    Apr 26, 2009
    Maybe he isn't really the real Brian Fargo? :confused:
     
  10. maggit

    maggit First time out of the vault

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    Jun 2, 2008
    This just proves that fans know more about the authors' works then they do. (Stares poignantly at Ausir and remembers what Beth did with Fallout). And really, you expected him to remember that after what.... 24 years?
     
  11. egalor

    egalor Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Jun 20, 2007
    I'd rather say it confirms the fact that creations live separately from their authors.
     
  12. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    Actually there's a kid called Billy in the Hub in Fallout.
     
  13. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 1, 2005
    This is a bit disappointing for me. So we won't get a mod kit unless it hits $3 Million? :whatever:
     
  14. Zeronet

    Zeronet It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Apr 26, 2003
    Might get a post-release one. Plus they haven't decided on the engine yet which apparently influences ease of moddability considerably.
     
  15. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 1, 2005

    That would be fine for me. Post Release is understandable. I just think the game will stick around longer with a mod kit.