Even with Wasteland 2’s enhanced edition [official site] in the bag, RPG revivalists inXile Entertainment still have a couple of irons in the fire. There’s the not insignificant matter of Torment: Tides of Numenera, which began as one of the most successful gaming Kickstarters ever, and the recently announced The Bard’s Tale as well. The company is expanding, with a New Orleans satellite studio set to open and create 50 new jobs over the next five years.
A trademark filing spotted by the RPG Codex suggests one possible reason for the expansion – another license for another RPG. This time it’s Autoduel, the vehicular combat game derived from Steve Jackson Games’ Car Wars.
If you were to suggest that Mad Max meets Ultima is something of a dream combination in my mind, you’d be right. I love games about cars having fights – Interstate ’76, Quarantine, Carmageddon – and an honest-to-goodness RPG bolted onto a Road Warrior chassis would be splendid to see.
Brian Fargo seemed to confirm that the Codex were onto something when he quoted their discovery on the Twitters. The official Car Wars site also has a space for an upcoming sixth edition. Scott Haring, once line editor of the Car Wars tabletop games and editor of the magazine accompaniment, has spoken about plans for that new edition recently. If that were to release sometime soon, an InXile-created tie-in would be lovely.