inXile and Obsidian/Avellone to collaborate on Wasteland 2

We have announced a major piece of good news today that inXile has reached an agreement with Obsidian for potential design assistance for Wasteland 2. What that means is that Obsidian’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Avellone, is going to work with our team on the design and writing of the game! It is important to note that we say “potential” as they will come aboard assuming we hit $2.1 million in funding. The good news is that we have already seen a spike in just the few hours since this was announced in a press release this morning.

For those of you who don’t know who Obsidian or Chris Avellone are, they are the bulk of the brains who worked on Fallout 1&2, Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment when I was back at Interplay. More of the band is back together to make sure we bring you a fantastic RPG. Chris is going to help push the density and literary content of the game.

The original Wasteland was an important game to Chris as he recently stated, “Wasteland is one of my favorite RPGs of all time, and when Brian asked if I wanted to work on the sequel, I jumped at the chance. While I’ve worked on Fallout 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, getting the chance to work on the spiritual predecessor to the Fallout franchise is a honor.”
While the programming work will remain with us here at inXile, we are looking to use a host of tools that Obsidian has created which will help us get assets into the game faster. The faster we can implement and iterate on content, the deeper the game and the more varied choices the gamers can make.

That’s more good news for all of you that put your faith in us.

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  3. Best of lucks with this. Was a big fan of Interplay back in the days.
    However it provokes me a bit that Chris wants the funding to hit $2.1mill before he is willing to join. First of all the project was pledging $900K to start with – secondly Wasteland is one of his fav is it really that necessary to have x2.5 the amount that was in the intention to start with..A
    Anyway, I hope this gets done and good to see some old games coming out. Thumbs up.

    • I think it’s more Feargus Urquhart (Chris Avellone’s boss) not wanting to lose his best writer unless Chris and Obsidian actually get a decent commission out of it.

      Which isn’t unreasonable.

    • You’re right, Chris! It would totally make me cry!A.M., I’m so plesaed I got a chance to write this fan letter and give you an idea of how much happiness, fascination, and intrigue your fiction has brought me. Writing can be a remote, lonely thing to do, and even now with the internet, we readers and writers don’t often think to communicate with each other (though I think that’s getting better with all the blogging going on).Sometimes I think the mainstream world, and even the individual writers themselves, may tend not to see the full value of fiction and to view it as mere entertainment, but “mere entertainment” is many times what keeps us readers going through incredibly stressful times in our lives, just knowing that our favorite authors are out there writing the next book, which we can then look forward to reading!So I was thrilled I got a chance to write the letter to you though I was 99.9% certain that I was beating Jen to it (which is sort of a cheeky thing to do, I guess, when I consider that she was one of the main reviewers whom I have to thank for introducing me to your fiction!). I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the other bloggers had you in mind, and I beat them to it as well. One thing I figured out as I was writing the letter is that you’re one of the very few authors that has managed to get me to stretch my reading horizons beyond the comfort zone, which leads me to realize that I must be fairly stubborn about stretching those horizons, ha, ha! So you never know about me working more poetry into my reading. It could happen.

  4. I had originally pledged only $15 because I enjoyed Wasteland on the Interplay 10 Year Anniversary CD. Then I did some research on Brian Fargo and my brain exploded as I realized he was behind most of the PC games I owned growing up – from playing Dragon Wars at the tender age of 6 on my dad’s C64, through Battle Chess, Castles, Fallout 1&2, Planescape, and finally Icewind Dale as a senior in high school. I also read that Interplay was founded the year that I was born :)
    Needless to say, I have increased my pledge to as much as I can afford (autographed collectors’ edtion). I wish I could give even more back to this amazing man and his awesome team for all I have enjoyed from them!

    • My apologies for the double post! I’m not sure how that happened…

      Guess my excitement got the best of me…

  5. Уверен, за две недели 2,1 млн. $ будет собрано. Да что тут говорить, за последние три дня было собрано 350 000 $, думаю, у вас ещё останется потом немного денег на пиццу.
    Я, конечно, надеялся что inXile и Obsidian объединятся для работы над новой частью Fallout, но думаю это будет не менее круто. Даёшь Black Isle 2.0!

  6. Hello Mr. Fargo,
    I´m keeping my fingers crossed and looking forward to Wasteland 2.
    I have one question for you: if, for some reason, backers would collect only 2.0 millions of dollars, would you still be willing to donate those last 100 000 dollars, you promised earlier when the whole Kickstarter project begun?

      • Yup, I understand that. I am curious whether it would be still valid in that scenario, whether they want Obsidian/Chris Avellone cooperation so badly.

        I hope they do :)

  7. I think it is great news and so do many others based on the huge jump in pledges. I also think they would sell more $250 tiers if the stated that MCA will also be signing the box :)

  8. So, I assume “host of tools” means the Onyx Engine (that’s the one they used for Dungeon Siege 3 and South Park, right?).

    Cool. Cool cool cool.

    • Also Chris Avellone would make this an insta-buy if I wasn’t already getting a copy thanks to my donation.

      The guy could write a porn movie, and it’d get an Academy Award.

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  10. Mr. Fargo, you magnificent bastard, consider my arm twisted. I’ve doubled my donation. How can I not?

    Feel free to do more arm-twisting if it’s going to be this irresistible.

    • Since Dungeon Siege was an awful game in the first place and Obsidian made the third game “more of the same, but more beautiful and easy to play than ever,” I on the other hand think that should not be counted against them. Are you seriously forgetting that New Vegas was super-amazing, and that KoTOR 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2 were both better than the originals?!?

      • dungeon seige 3 is more of the same just as final fantsy 13 is more of final fantsy 7…

  11. I’m doin’ My part!
    Upped my donation, I Hope to see an awesome game out of you amazing people! Glad to see the excitement building for this. I loved Fallout 1 & 2 (never got to play the original Wasteland sadly) and am glad to see some of the Old team coming back together for this one :)

  12. That’s great! More big names from CRPGs’ history working together! Wish you the best of luck in achieving that mark.

    Best regards Brian

  13. Great news there, I do like most of the stuff the guys at Obsidian are producing so with addition of their tools to help make the game this seems like a good plan. Now to hope the kickstarter will reach 2.1, though with quite a bit of time left it seems quite possible.

  14. Amazing news! Obsidian’s storytelling is some of the best in the industry, so their addition to the project can only mean good things if it happens.

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