Posts Tagged ‘inXile Entertainment’

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.

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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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A Day With Wasteland 2

By Nathan Grayson on August 1st, 2013.

I recently had the privilege of visiting inXile’s balmy, exceedingly pleasant beachside lair (they don’t make exiles like they used to) – at which point I of course did my best to avoid the light of day as much as possible. I was in Southern California for one reason and one reason only: to explore a festering, godforsaken bullet hole of a wasteland, and this time it wasn’t even Los Angeles. Or at least, not the real one. Wasteland 2 was the name of the game, and inXile was kind enough to show me, well, pretty much everything.

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Wasteland 2’s Delay: All About Making Choice Matter

By Nathan Grayson on July 30th, 2013.

Wasteland 2 isn’t coming out when we thought it was coming out. That’s probably the greatest tragedy of modern times, maybe of recorded human history. But the reasoning behind it is actually far more interesting than inXile’s original blog post let on. Yes, yes, polishing up the rusted over cessparadise is a big part of the developer’s reasoning, but even once it’s feature complete, creative effort will continue right up to the last second on one key portion of the game: choice and reactivity. Think less Mass Effect, more Witcher 2 with a hint of Deus Ex. And maybe even more than that.

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Time’s A-Wasteland: Wasteland 2 Delayed

By Nathan Grayson on July 20th, 2013.

In all honesty, I don’t get terribly excited about many games anymore. I mean, I still love them, but there are just so damn many all the time, skittering around in the vents of my life and eventually emerging to nest in my hair. So it is something of a significant statement when I say I’m really, really excited about Wasteland 2. I want it gracing my radiation-scorched palms right this very moment, but instead it looks like I’ll have to wait until a sooty, mysterious undetermined date. Now, there is good news here: a beta’s launching during the game’s original release month of October, but it will (at least, initially) be backer-only.

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Bags Of Fun: Wasteland 2 Takes Inventory

By Adam Smith on June 3rd, 2013.

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As a man who has spent entire days asking myself if it’s healthy to spend so much time staring at ASCII representations of dungeons and dwarves, it’s something of a shock to find something in my inbox that makes me realise just how much of my personality was plucked from the containers marked ‘nerd’ and ‘dweeb’. In this instance, it’s a video for Wasteland 2 that provides the trigger, but it does at least prove that the developers and large parts of the fan community are at least as ridiculous as me. The footage lasts for two minutes and it’s all about inventory management. Grids are discussed earnestly and I’m happy with what’s shown. Happy. About arranging imaginary pants on a screen. Bloody hell.

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A Little More Conversation: Wasteland 2

By Adam Smith on February 25th, 2013.

The first footage of Wasteland 2 caused the internet to grumble, even though the game hadn’t inadvertently become a third-person cover shooter. The concerned comments mostly swarmed around the keyword dialogue system and there was sense to the criticism. The keyword system remains but hovering over an available choice will now cause a preview sentence to appear, providing context before a choice is made. inXile have also clarified details about the camera system and HUD.

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True Grit: Our First Glimpse Of Wasteland 2

By Jim Rossignol on February 11th, 2013.


Wasteland 2 is now deep in the treacherous territory of full-blown development, and the brave crew that are mapping its wild landscape have sent back a transmission to show us what they’ve been up to, as you can see below. It’s looking mighty tactical and happily post-apocalyptic. Go take a look.
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Post-Apocalyptic Funding: Wasteland 2’s First Screenshot

By John Walker on July 21st, 2012.

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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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