Obsidian may help with Wasteland 2

March 31, 2012

Kickstarter: It’s all the rage these days, and for good reason. The website, aimed at bringing communities together to fund creative projects, has become the talk of the town in the gaming industry, almost entirely due to Double Fine’s experimental Double Fine Adventure project. Curious about making an old school point-and-click adventure game, much to the rejection of publishers, the Double Fine Adventure project looked to fans to fund a $400,000 development budget (documentary included). A month later, the kickstarter had pulled in a whopping $3.3 million. So yeah, it works.

Catching the attention of numerous other developers frustrated at blockhead publishers trying to cash-in on modern trends, industry veteran Brian Fargo was the first to jump in with his own project. Looking to make Wasteland 2, a sequel to the revolutionary post apocalyptic role playing game Wasteland (it spawned Fallout, so it’s kind of a big deal), Fargo requested a budget of $900,000. With still seventeen days of funding left (out of one month), the pledged budget has almost doubled, sitting comfortably on 1.6 million.

And now, there’s promise of more.

Reported by Rock Paper Shotgun, Fargo has been having words with long time friends at another legendary developer: Obsidian Entertainment. And guess what? They want to help out too, though at a cost. In order to get Obsidian on the project, Wasteland 2 will need to match a budget of $2.1 million. That’s $500,000 in seventeen days.

For many role playing fans out there, Obsidian joining forces with Fargo for Wasteland 2 would be dream come true. Obsidian’s record with role playing games is almost unmatched, and the studio is composed of incredible talents such as Chris Avellone and Tim Cain, the former of which has guaranteed to lend his exquisite writing talent to the project should the budget be met.

Big times ahead, especially for old school gamers, and those frustrated with the industry. More as it develops.