Posts Tagged ‘inXile Entertainment’

The Ultimate Torment Interview Of Ultimate Torment, Pt 1

By Nathan Grayson on June 17th, 2014.

Madly anticipated Planescape Torment spiritual successor Torment: Tides of Numenera has been delayed. We won’t be able to probe its strange, sloughing depths until late 2015, which is a shame except that if inXile released when they were originally planning to we’d probably get a stack of concept art and a mountain of design documents instead of a game. Torment’s Kickstarter wrapped up more than a year ago, though, and it has made progress. Big progress. I spoke with project lead Kevin Saunders, creative lead Colin McComb, design lead Adam Heine, and new lead area designer George Ziets about how the game has evolved. In part one, we discuss combat, how backers have influenced the game, using Pillars of Eternity tech, why Torment will be more about quality than size, skill systems, and story changes. It’s all below.

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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Recedes Till Late 2015

By Graham Smith on June 16th, 2014.

Concept art. Very concepty.

Torment: Tides of Numenera aims to be a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, but it seems producing vastly complex, non-linear RPGs is a difficult task. Following the success of Wasteland 2, inXile’s other Kickstarted game, Tides of Numenera has swapped its previous ‘early 2015′ release date for a revised ‘late 2015′. In a lengthy post at the Torment blog, the team have offered update on the game’s current development.

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There Will Be Blood Sausage: Wasteland 2 Out In August

By Nathan Grayson on May 21st, 2014.

Goat Simulator cameo?

inXile probably could’ve released a slightly tweaked version of Wasteland 2‘s early beta and called it a day, so well done Brian Fargo and co for staying in the trenches while feedback bombs rained down all around. Now though, after months of overhauling, underhauling, betweenhauling, caterwauling, and gatorcrawling, the beta’s end is finally in sight. Wasteland 2 – the full thing, LA and all – will be out in August.

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Rad: Wasteland 2 Expands, Adds Linux Support

By Adam Smith on April 22nd, 2014.

When Wasteland 2 first stepped onto the (relatively) unknown Kickstarter platform, I remember how strange it was typing that name into a headline without attaching a radioactive heap of speculation in the paragraph below. That Wasteland 2 might exist one day seemed like A Big Deal. Every now and then, as I’m writing a fresh headline I pause for thought again. Wasteland 2 is playable right now, a single playthrough of the final release will apparently take around fifty hours and Linux support has now been added. It’s important to remember, from time to time, that though the vampires of nostalgia nibble away, some meetings of past and present are as exciting as they are unlikely.

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Wasteland 2 To Be 50 Hours Long, LA To Be Green

By Nathan Grayson on April 10th, 2014.

I wasn't kidding about the 'green' thing.

Wasteland 2 might be in its “final stretch” of development, but that doesn’t mean all systems are go just yet. inXile is still hard at work on ironing out kinks, smoothing rough edges, and even overhauling the entire inventory system. The mighty kicker of starters does, however, have an estimate of how long a single playthrough will last you: 50 hours. Exploring all locations and missions, however, will take “quite a bit longer.” One such location? The entirety of Los Angeles (and outlying areas), which is not part of the ongoing beta. If you think Wasteland’s been looking a little too, er, wasteland-y, this ought to make you gleeful as Aberforth, the goat Alec nearly murdered.

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Waste Not, Want Now: Wasteland 2 ‘In The Final Stretch’

By Nathan Grayson on February 21st, 2014.

If the beards are this good in the final game, I think we're looking at a really special experience.

I emerged from Wasteland 2‘s beta with a fair number of irradiated gravel bits in my gamerly boot, but there’s no denying that it’s a solid foundation. (And hey, it’s a beta. If you go into a bug hunt expecting to not get dirty, then I can only advise that you re-calibrate your expectations.) Improvements, however, take time, and inXile’s been diligently ironing out Wasteland 2′s kinks ever since the beta started. So surely it’s almost done by now, right? Well, kinda. All that remains is the “final stretch,” which will last three months and change if all goes according to plan. There’s a new beta build en route too, for those still in the business of picking at the pie before its done cooling on the window sill (or another equally quaint metaphor of your choosing).

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Let’s Chatter Over… Wasteland 2

By Nathan Grayson on December 12th, 2013.

While technically promotional art, my team looks almost *exactly* like this. Except with a homicidal pipe-wielding chef in place of the SWAT dude. Close enough.

Wasteland 2′s beta is officially go! Well, for backers anyway. I booted it up the second Steam finished prying it from some server’s synthetic grip, and I realized something: I was nervous. My expectations were riding extremely high, and I couldn’t help but fear that inXile’s return to post-apocalyptic role-playing’s roots would let me down. What I’d seen up to that point had my head ready to explode like a gerbil full of uncooked rice (and also a blood sausage), but maybe it wouldn’t all come together. Maybe it was pure promise and no execution. All bark, zero bite. 

I was worried over nothing. Wasteland 2′s irradiated peaks and valleys are pretty rad so far. I have some minor quibbles (the interface is awkward, enemy AI can be really dumb, some bugs and glitches), but there’s quite a lot to like here. Watch me play through a few early sections below. Oh, and fair warning: slight spoilers ahead. Nothing too major, though.

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InXile On Date, Length, And Expansion Of Wasteland 2′s Beta

By Nathan Grayson on November 27th, 2013.

Wonderful news from the tweet-o-dodecagon today: Wasteland 2‘s beta finally has a release date. After it slipped from October into daaaaaaaates unknown (woooooooooo), inXile CEO Brian Fargo has claimed the Kickstarter darling is only two-and-a-half weeks out. That in mind, I got in touch with Fargo to find out what took so long, how much of the game will be available in the beta, whether it’ll expand over time, and what all of this means for the final game. Read on for the full thing.

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The Kindness Of Rangers: Wasteland 2

By Adam Smith on October 21st, 2013.

I read all of the Wasteland 2 updates and spend a good five minutes afterwards collecting my belongings and disembarking from the hype train. It’s a dangerous vehicle and the rails that it rides take it to the scorched terrain of Disappointment’s Desert, wherein lie the ruins of the mighty citadel, Grand Expectations. The Wasteland 2 team are making all the right noises and then transcribing those noises and sharing them on the internet. The latest news coming from the inXile camp comes from the splendidly named Montgomery Markland and contains information about the Wasteland 1 re-release as well as plenty of details about survival and exploration in the sequel. But that’s not the best of it – there is a header that reads “Dying of Murder”.

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Watch Eighteen Minutes Of Wasteland 2

By Jim Rossignol on August 29th, 2013.


Wasteland 2 is looking increasingly like one of the most delicious fruits of Kickstarter. Evidence for this claim can be found in a huge slice of the prison level, which has been played, filmed, and narrated by project lead, Chris Keenan. You can watch it below. The footage shows a lot of the lovely-looking Unity-powered game in motion, as well as revealing some details about the sort of challenges the game contains for players, and some of the ugly actions they are able to undertake. I suppose you might not want to look in case of spoilers, but I rest safe in the knowledge that my sieve-like mind will have lost the details by the time I come to play the game.

Watch!
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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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How Wasteland 2 Will Acknowledge Gender, Discrimination

By Nathan Grayson on August 9th, 2013.

If all goes according to plan, Wasteland 2 will be one of the most reactive, choice-driven games to grace PCs since man first rubbed two sticks together and invented the keyboard. Everything from juicy bits of dialogue to party members to entire locations can vanish or appear in an instant, all thanks to your actions. And wastelands, well, they tend to be pretty nasty places, radiation-scorched cesspits of violence, prejudice, and, er, waste. So naturally, some characters are going to hate you for simply being, well, you. inXile’s hinted at the system in Kickstarter updates, but I found myself exceedingly curious about how it’ll all actually come together. Here’s what the developer told me.

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Torment Devs On Progress, Death, Putting Story First

By Nathan Grayson on August 7th, 2013.

There is a new Torment game in development. In the year 2013. Isn’t that mad? My heart does a kind of fluttery thing every time I think about it – like butterfly or a potentially fatal circulatory condition. But at the same time, it’s a fact that’s shockingly easy to forget about. Wasteland 2 is currently siphoning away most of inXile’s attention, so mum’s been the word out of Torment: Tides of Numenerararara‘s twisted dimension. Me being the FEARLESS journalist that I am, however, I bravely got invited to inXile and – throwing caution to the wind – asked questions during my scheduled interview with studio head Brian Fargo and Torment lead Kevin Saunders. They answered every last one, probably out of fear.

Find out about the most recent developments in Torment’s story, writing, combat, very unique death mechanics, weirdness, and tons more after the break. We also end the interview by discussing the impending doom of reading and writing. It’s cheery stuff!

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