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Brian Fargo On InXile’s Darkest, Publisher-Driven Days

By Nathan Grayson on August 15th, 2013.

The future is looking very bright for Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera developer inXile. Very bright indeed. Two wildly successful Kickstarters and one nearly complete, maddeningly exciting game later, Brian Fargo and co have finally found their niche. Or rather, they’ve settled back into the comforting clockwork of an old wheelhouse, an old home. But the road to this point was hardly an easy one. The developer-publisher relationship has always been rather skewed, and inXile’s taken its fair share of licks. Some times have been good (see: The Bard’s Tale), and others, well, others have been Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. The latter, especially, is a sore spot for Fargo, but he’s been burned by various publishing arrangements far more than once. He and I discussed that subject, whether Kickstarter is inXile’s permanent solution to that problem, and tons more after I saw Wasteland 2. It’s all below.

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Post-Planescape: Fargo Reveals The Future Of Torment

By Alec Meer on January 9th, 2013.


Rumours have been swirling for years about a possible sequel to Black Isle’s legendary and powerful roleplaying game Planescape: Torment, but the closure of the original studio and the jealous guarding of the Planescape rights by owners Wizards of the Coast seemed to have put paid to any comeback. But with original Interplay boss Brian Fargo very much back in the RPG business with current studio inXile’s wildly successful Wasteland 2 crowdfunding, everything changes. He and his team have come up with a way to make a new Torment game: this is really happening.

And there was much rejoicing.

Read on for details of its new setting, the people involved, whether it’ll link to the original game, which thematic aspects will recur, how the combat may work and how they’ll get it made.

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Fargo To Detail “Torment” Game In Numenera Universe

By Jim Rossignol on January 9th, 2013.


In an interview to appear on this website at 1700 UK time today, inXile’s Brian Fargo reveals that a new Torment game is really definitely happening, and explains that it will be made in conjunction with contributing writer/designer on the original Planescape pen and paper RPG and assorted other Wizards of the Coast projects (as well as PS:T itself), Monte Cook, as well as a number of other key individuals from the original Planescape team. The game will be set in Cook’s ambitious pen and paper Numenera Universe, which was Kickstarted last year to the tune of half a million dollars. As well as explaining how this setting constitutes a new Planescape Torment game, without actually being a Planescape Torment game, Fargo says stuff like: “We won’t have faeries or devils, but we’ll have diabolical creatures from far dimensions with schemes beyond human imagination. We won’t have gods, but we’ll have creatures who have lived for millennia with the powers of creation and destruction at their fingertips, with abilities honed over countless lifetimes. We won’t have other planes per se, but we’ll have pathways to hostile worlds and bizarre landscapes and ancient machines that catapult the players into places where the ordinary laws of nature no longer apply.”

Come back at 5 for a lot more of that sort of thing.

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Wasteland 2 Footage Leaks, Robot Scorpions Roar

By John Walker on September 6th, 2012.

They could at least release another screenshot.

Some sneak has released footage of Fargo’s Kickstarted Wasteland 2. Blurry enough that you know they wouldn’t want it out there, but footage of Wasteland 2 enough that you’ll want to see it. Showing how the Unity 3D engine is being used to create an RPG, it demos how the camera can be pulled into a top-down view for the old-schoolers. Look below.

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Post-Apocalyptic Funding: Wasteland 2′s First Screenshot

By John Walker on July 21st, 2012.

Click me!

The very first screenshot from Brian Fargo’s Kickstarted Wasteland 2 has emerged, and it’s a doozy. Click on the pic above to see it full size. Describing it as “a first pass”, the Unity game is clearly already looking splendid. Fargo also points out that it’s lacking particle effects and post-processing, and that it’s just one environment, and the camera angle isn’t fixed, and and and… Brian! It’s okay! It’s a great shot! Look at that scorpion!

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Radiating Passion: Wasteland 2′s Design Document

By Adam Smith on June 12th, 2012.

Wasteland 2 is one of the fathers of the now adolescent Kickstarter revolution and, in keeping with early suggestions, it looks like this is one dad who’ll be comfortable having all the necessary talks with his kids. Very open he is.

“We are not afraid of the transparency of our process and thinking and intend to share it along the way.”

That said, today not only brings the superbly redesigned artwork above but also, as spotted by Blue, the release of a “vision document” that contains a huge amount of information about the principles that will drive development. Read it in the link back there or follow me to the irradiated underbelly where selected morsels roam.

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Origin Sets Up Stall For Crowd-Funded Games

By Adam Smith on May 21st, 2012.

EA understand indie games, they really do, that’s why they have their very own indie bundle. They also understand crowd-funding, or at least they understand that it’s becoming a force that they must reckon with, one way or another. This could go one of two ways. Either Kickstarter HQ is about to be breached by corporate assault drones, or all the profits from FIFA 13 will be pledged to the Kick it Forward scheme. Or perhaps there is a third way. Perhaps EA will waive its cut of sales on Origin for 90 days if the game in question was crowd-funded.

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Post-Kickerstartpocalypse: Fargo Swats Wasteland Fears

By Nathan Grayson on April 12th, 2012.

I'm not really sure what to take away from this image. It could be anything.

Wasteland’s rags-to-riches-to-reuniting-Black-Isle tale has been one for the ages, but – with the Kickstarter account four days from ascending to Money Heaven, where the streets are paved with people – what happens now? If offered millions of dollars and one (1!) Chris Avellone, I’d do just about anything someone told me – so has Wasteland 2 taken on an out-of-control life of its own? Not even a little bit, says Brian Fargo. Wasteland 2 is still, first and foremost, his “baby.”

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Team up! Wasteland 2 Hits $2.1m, Obsidian On Board

By Alec Meer on April 6th, 2012.

I could really do with an actual screenshot of Wasteland 2, given how often I'm posting about the bloody thing

Let there much be rejoicing. Go on, rejoice. Well, at least smile. No? Well, how about a smiley instead? You won’t have to use your face at all. You only have to press two buttons. Come on, let’s do it together. On three. One, two, three : And again. One, two, three )

There now, that wasn’t so hard, was it? The reason for this rejoicing is that Wasteland 2 just hit its latest crowdsourcing bonus target, $2.1 million – and as well as meaning it’s now accrued some 231% of its original target, it confirms that Obsidian’s Chris Avellone is coming onboard to co-develop Brian Fargo’s post-apocalyptic RPG.

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Back To Black Isle: Fargo On Obsidian Joining Wasteland 2

By Alec Meer on April 2nd, 2012.

Last week’s wonderful shock news was that Brian Fargo and his team at inXile hope to recruit Chris Avellone and his team at Obsidian to work with them on the successfully startkicked sandbox RPG Wasteland 2. If funding for Wasteland 2 can reach $2.1 million (it’s currently at $1.8m, with 14 days left to go), it means a sort of dream team of ex-Black Isle staff would be working on a game that consciously harkens back to that golden age of cRPGs. I had a quick chat with Brian Fargo about what the potential partnership actually means, his thoughts on the wildly successful crowdsourcing of the game to date, whether the hiring of Planescape brain Avellone means a more fixed rather than freeform RPG, how his Kicking It Forwards crowdsourcing reinvestment initiative is going, and how he’d love to out-Kickstart Doublefine.
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!!! Obsidian Joining Wasteland 2 – On One Condition…

By Alec Meer on March 30th, 2012.

Here’s a big, bouncy ball of unexpected good news for you. Brian Fargo and his studio inXile Entertainment are, as you well know, working on a sequel to the seminal RPG Wasteland, and have successfully Kickstarted it to the tune of $1.6 million. Since exceeding their initial target of $900,000, they’ve been able to add Mac and Linux versions to their masterplan for the post-nuclear roleplaying game. But that’s not all. They’ve just been in touch to say that, if they can reach $2.1 million during the 17 days remaining on the funding schedule, they’ll be bringing in Obsidian Entertainment, including Planescape: Torment mastermind Chris Avellone, to help them make the game.

Oh my word. The minds behind Wasteland, Fallout and Planescape, together (or more accurately together again, in many cases). A veritable RPG supergroup. This has to happen.
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Kickstarter Evolved: Fargo Wants To “Kick It Forward”

By Adam Smith on March 23rd, 2012.


The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page, which has a goal of $900,000, currently shows over $1.5 million pledged with 25 days left to go. This means the game will release on Mac and Linux as well as Windows but there’s more to the story. In an update, Fargo shares some of the “nice human moments” that appear to have been as pleasing as the vast amounts of money people have hurled at their screens. All the goodwill has inspired the creator of post-apocalyptic hell-zones to share an idea that has the potential to change how we all think about Kickstarter projects, even though I for one am still trying to work out what I think about the current state of Kickstarter projects. Brian Fargo wants to “Kick it Forward”.

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16,000 People Chase The Apocalypse: Wasteland 2 Is Go

By Craig Pearson on March 15th, 2012.

Kickstarter just went down. Bet Brian Fargo is F5ing it like crazy.
It’s a Kickstarter miracle! Top-down post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2, has managed to earn its Kickstarter funding goal in 42 hours and 30 minutes. With 33 days left until the end of the world begins, Brian Fargo’s dream project has scooped its $900,000 target and is closing in on that first million. Impressively it’s sold out all eight of the offered $10,000 reward packages, including a donation from Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, who did so as an apology for pirating the original game.
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