Wasteland Kings Is Now Nuclear Throne

Vlambeer have announced that splendid-looking shooter Wasteland Kings is being renamed Nuclear Throne. It seems that this move is in no small part down to concerns expressed by inXile over possible confusion over the contemporaneous development of Wasteland 2. They explain that “It’s a bit of an haphazard announcement, with Justin Chan’s beautiful artwork above still not being finished, without us having a new logo and before we’ve been able to properly change the name on all the platforms officially, but we thought that if we’re doing open development we might just as well be open about it.”

You can watch the Eurogamer Expo Wasteland Kings presentation, in which the name change is mentioned, below.


  1. jrodman says:

    (plz keep it that way, i think it sounds amazing.)

    edit: Aww, fun typo killed. Poor thing.

  2. Hyoscine says:

    An equally brilliant name, IMO.

  3. Tori says:

    I think the new name is much better!

  4. RedViv says:

    Video game names!

  5. Bal says:

    Nuclear Throne is a much better name anyways!

  6. Bull0 says:

    I was getting it confused with Mercenary Kings, to be honest. They’re both 2D shooter things that are on the radar at roughly the same time. The new name is a lot less generic, should work out well.

  7. Berzee says:

    I can see how people would confuse “Kings” and “2”, especially if they played “Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings“.

    WAIT, what I meant to say is that I played the original version of this game one time and it was good fun. The new name isn’t quite as catchy to me, but it has some of that funny renamed-with-almost-synonyms quality that lots of demakes like Gang Garrison 2 have, and I like that funny quality.

  8. Anthile says:

    A shame they didn’t go for Nuclear Dukes.

  9. KevinLew says:

    If you are wondering why they mentioned Austin in the beginning of the presentation, the entire staff of Vlambeer came to Fantastic Arcade (i.e., Fantastic Fest). I hope that they didn’t get too sick. I did see them in person and they seem like really nice people.

  10. vlambeer in trouble says:

    Vlambeer Cloned. Vlambeer Loses Laptop. Vlambeer Cloned Again. Vlambeer Forced to Change Name. Vlambeer’s Car Making Funny Noises Again. Vlambeer Uses Bleach, Ruins Favorite Shirt. Vlambeer Forgets Where Vlambeer Parked. And Has Anyone Seen Vlambeer’s Wallet?

  11. The Random One says:

    Should’ve called it The Elder Lands.