Wasteland 2 makes $1.5m in four days

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Maybe you played the original Wasteland back in the late eighties. Maybe you really got hooked on isometric post-apocalyptic RPG’s later on with its spiritual successor, Fallout. A turn-based, tactical overhead RPG isn’t the sort of thing AAA publishers think they can make money with. And yet, Wasteland 2 is bringing in pretty decent cash for developer inXile.

According to a press release, the company’s generated 1.5 million Dollars in revenue on the game in just 4 days. That’s really not bad stuff for a dead genre.

The game was released last Friday after a rather successful Kickstarter venture. By the time the funding period had closed, the project had raised $2,741,775.

Brian Fargo, founder of inXile, had the following to say about the kickstarter success, well before the game was ready for prime time.

Having the fans get behind my dream project brings tears to my eyes. This could well be the beginning of bringing back the old school RPGs that we all loved.

It seems like those dreams have become reality. Most who’ve played the game have rather positive things to say about this rather old-school game. While $1.5m is the sort of money that large publishers scoff at, it does show that there’re more than enough gamers who want this sort of thing to justify its existence. It follows in the footsteps of another high-profile Kickstarter success story; Divinity: Original Sin – another game that does things the old way.

Have you played either of these modern,  old-school games?

Last Updated: September 25, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    …had me at “A turn-based, tactical overhead RPG” irrespective of the story/setting

    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      Jagged Alliance 😛

      • JJ the Reus

        Jagged Alliance is so great. Can’t wait for the new one (hoping it’s all that good)

    • Martin

      Any idea where I can pick up a boxed copy? I don’t have 30gb of data to squander through STEAM downloads. Tried BT, but they say they’re not getting it. Kalahari & Takealot both list it but as supplier out of stock.

      • JJ the Reus

        It might be a struggle, seeing as how it’s a small developer.

        • Martin

          They are releasing them – saw them listed overseas. But whether they filter down to data-famished peons in SA…..I don’t know.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You’ll probably have to import if you want a boxed copy. I didn’t even know they were retailing boxed copies, thought it was just for Kickstarter backers who ordered one.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I was *this* close to starting D:OS yesterday, but now I’m not sure if I should start that or this. Decisions, decisions.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Chronicles of a backlog-steamer: The dilemma

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        The never ending dilemma, fixed 😀

        They’re both going to be time-suckers too.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          After I finish BL2, I’m going to klap MP3 and BSI, and some shorter games (just to managed the backlog a bit)

          • Hammersteyn

            One doesn’t simply finish BL2

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Indeed, also, SHUSH YOU I’M BEING POSITIVE!

          • Mossel

            You can klap mp3’s while gymming boet.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            LIKE A BAWS!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Flex to the beat!

      • Mossel

        9/10 would read.

  • Michael

    Had the beta installed but didn’t touch it as I was waiting for the day 1 patch, haven’t had a chance but will start soon, I can’t wait. 🙂 It’s been almost 25 years since WL1 after all, that game was epic.

    • Michael

      An up-vote from the Exalted Overlord himself? Why thank you, I am flattered 🙂

      • Admiral Chief 0

        LOOOOL, yeah, those are pretty rare, and well sought after!

        • Michael

          Worth their weight in gold I believe 😉

          • Admiral Chief 0

            *platinum!

  • Turned-Based FTW!

    • Hammersteyn

      Kinda like the comments section. Your turn 😛

      • SILENCE!

        • Hammersteyn

          Not very effective. But you are staff so you can delete a comment and win

  • Hammersteyn

    No school like old-school. Probably why Doom is returning to it’s roots.

  • JJ the Reus

    I want this so badly. What Fallout was meant to be.

    • Hammersteyn

      Which Fallout?

      • JJ the Reus

        Fallout fallout. After Fallout 2. Back to it’s RPG roots

        • Hammersteyn

          Wasteland reminds me most of Fallout tactics

          • JJ the Reus

            Yes. Quite a bit. Make no mistake I love Fallout 3 and New Vegas. I really do. But this makes up for that little something extra.

          • Hammersteyn

            At least they did a far better job turning Fallout into a FPS than EA did with Syndicate

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Syndicate wasn’t THAT bad…..as a shooter.

            As a “successor”, it was disappointing

          • Hammersteyn

            Much more so than Fallout 3.

          • JJ the Reus

            I still think they should bring us a new Commandos. They can do it FPS if they want, but it HAS to be stealthy and puzzly (yes, it’s a word – well, not really) to bring what made the originals so appealing.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            I’d play Commandos FPS….I’d rather play Commando’s 3rd person sneaky sneaky PUZZLY

          • JJ the Reus

            Yes. True. Like a Splinter Cell vibe.
            Btw, Splinter Cell Blacklist….excellent. Except for the autosave and the horrific menus. Otherwise worth it. Co-op is a ton of fun.

  • JJ the Reus

    I see the Vave pack is on sale on Steam for $25
    It includes:
    Counter Strike
    CS Source
    CS Global Offensive
    Day of defeat
    DoD Source
    Half Life, HL Deathmatch, HL Blue Shift, Opposing Force
    HL2, HL2 Deathmatch, HL2 ep 1, ep 2, Lost Coast
    Left for Dead 1 & 2
    Portal 1 & 2
    Team fortress Classic

    If you don’t already have most, I highly suggest this.
    Your move consoles. ;P

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Good grief, that is a good pack! Pity I have them ALL. Except HL1 + BlueShift and OpFor (BUT, I have those as PHYSICAL DISKS)

      • JJ the Reus

        Dude
        Yes
        I played the crap out of HL1 + Opposing Force and Blue Shift.
        Back when expansions came out to increase your game experience, not when part were cut out of the original to be sold back to you later.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Also, got OpFor for like R150 back then, FULL SIZE box, manuals etc.

          • JJ the Reus

            Those manuals and booklets were the best. Vampire The Masquerade Redemption has this incredible little book with lore and artwork and stuff. Best thing I got like that recently was the Trine 2 special edition (worth every cent).

    • Hammersteyn

      What’s Vave precious 😛

      • JJ the Reus

        Oh crap.
        Fixed it 😀

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It’s Valve with 20% off :/

        • JJ the Reus

          LOOOL

        • Admiral Chief 0

          XDXDXDXDXDXDXD

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Sometimes its even just V

          • JJ the Reus

            V for Value?

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Indeed!

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

    • Hammersteyn

      This really is an awesome pack, though Ive played most of them back on my PS3. Orange box was such a bargain.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor
  • Brady miaau

    I will, I will, but I need the strength to do so.

    Learning a new game and system takes time and thinking power, must be planned well. But very excited for both games. Perhaps December on holiday?

  • Nikko

    Anything old school is my noodle soup. Makes it even better that RPG legend, Brian Fargo, is behind this. Let the revolution begin! 🙂

  • Wyzak

    It’s an awesome game, about 20 hours in atm.

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