In case you missed it, Wasteland 3 was announced in late September, with inXile Entertainment opening up a Fig crowdfunding campaign to get the budget together. Don’t worry if you didn’t catch the original memo, because today’s news is perhaps even more exciting: The game’s already been fully funded, with 24 days left to go on the campaign.
In an update to backers, inXile boss Brian Fargo explains that it took a “little over three days” to surpass the original goal of US$2.75M. This means Wasteland 3 can be “the ambitious sequel you deserve.
Without you, we would simply not be able to maintain our independence and keep fully true to our visions for great RPGs that you love. We also cannot fail to mention those who have chosen to invest in the financial performance of the game – their contributions have also been invaluable. Your trust and support means the world to us. So kick back, put your red boots up, and have some squeezins to celebrate.
…but it’s not over. Now that the game is confirmed, there are a few stretch goals on the table.
- $2.85M: 37 Pieces of Flair – We unlock further Ranger customization, which could include multiple body types, more heads, and more hairstyles. Plus we’ll show items that your Ranger has equipped (gear like shovels, binoculars, etc) on their models
- $3M: Car Companion (Codename: Morningstar) – We add a talking car companion! Morningstar is an AI built to serve President Reagan, but he’ll help you both in your travels and during combat, plus he’ll give you well-timed advice on how to wipe out all the dirty commies out there.
- $3.1M: Customizable Ranger Squad Insignia – At the start of the game, you get to customize a Ranger Squad insignia for your team, which will show up on your Ranger Base as well as elsewhere in the game (on flags, for example)
Wasteland 3 is set in the frozen wasteland of Colorado, where the scorched deserts have been transformed by nuclear winter. The game follows the sole survivor of Team November, a Ranger squad sent off to explore the isolated region.
This time around, you’ll get story-based multiplayer, so you can take a friend with you to help work through the campaign. You’re still independent – you can split up and continue your own journey while your Player 2 is offline – but in some situations, two is definitely better than one.
Wasteland 3 is in development for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with backer rewards suggesting a release date of late 2019. If you want to pledge a few coins, you can start as a “Correspondent” for just $5, snag a copy of the game for $33, or even start designing your own elements of the game for $750 and up.