Obsidian may team with inXile on Wasteland 2

If you ponied up cash for the making of Wasteland 2, InXile has added another goal that would bring Obsidian into the project.

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InXile Entertainment and company chief Brian Fargo have blown past the goal it set on Kickstarter to get Wasteland 2 developed. Now, Fargo has added to that goal with the idea of getting another veteran RPG development studio into the mix.

Fargo is seeking an additional $500,000 in Kickstarter funds to bring Obsidian Entertainment into the fold to help with the game's development, Fargo said in a press release. Part of the Obsidian team are veterans Chris Avellone and Feargus Urquhart, both instrumental in the development of Planescape: Torment, Fallout 1 and 2, and Icewind Dale with Fargo at Black Isle Studios, and Neverwinter Nights 2 and Knights of the Old Republic II at Obsidian.

Obsidian's library of design tools for RPGs was a factor in his decision, Fargo said. "Regardless of the tech we use to develop the game, experience with these tools will help us efficiently design the game without wasting time and resources on the tools needed for development."

The goal is $2.1 million with 17 days to go before the Kickstarter funding ends. The original $900,000 goal was reached with two days, with the additional funding going to a Linux and Mac port. That massive positive response to the idea of a sequel, plus the fact that oversees fans can now donate through PayPal at the Wasteland 2 portal, leads me to believe that another $500,000 in the time left should be a cakewalk.

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    March 30, 2012 10:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Obsidian may team with inXile on Wasteland 2.

    If you ponied up cash for the making of Wasteland 2, InXile has added another goal that would bring Obsidian into the project.

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      March 30, 2012 10:34 AM

      nnnnnooooooooooooooooo

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      March 30, 2012 10:36 AM

      two titans of industry known for stable polished award winning games

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        March 30, 2012 10:37 AM

        lol

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        March 30, 2012 11:32 AM

        Yeah dude I hated Planescape, too.

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          March 30, 2012 11:48 AM

          i played planescape, i knew planescape, planescape was a favorite of mine. obsidian is no black isle

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        March 30, 2012 12:28 PM

        I know hunted didn't sell well but anyone can PM me if you want to play coop. I spent 3 years developing the multiplayer and if you put it on the hardest settings on PC without auto-aim it's pretty enjoyable if you invest time into it. I think the lack of explanation of how the game mechanics worked coupled with the first few levels being a lot more "flat" than the later chapters of the game gave people a sour taste.

        Glad to see the company was able to find a way to stay in business. Obsidian is only a few miles from inXile and the owners know each other so I'm sure the collab will be pretty smooth.

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      March 30, 2012 10:39 AM

      Let's hope this doesn't come true, I'm personally not a fan of Obsidian

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        March 30, 2012 10:40 AM

        Agreed.

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        March 30, 2012 10:46 AM

        Disagreed

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        March 30, 2012 11:08 AM

        Disagreed!

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        March 30, 2012 11:51 AM

        adigreed

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        March 30, 2012 11:57 AM

        Good thing that Obsidian isn't making the game. RTFA!:

        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!

        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.

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          March 30, 2012 11:58 AM

          Also: 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.

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            March 30, 2012 12:02 PM

            Hopefully it gets some Cain and Sawyer action too...

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        March 30, 2012 12:45 PM

        They're games are buggy but there's no doubting their RPG chops IMO.

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          March 30, 2012 12:46 PM

          Ugh, THEIR. Also, I'll probably up my amount if they don't look like making 2.1 mill, this is only a good thing IMO.

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          March 31, 2012 10:37 AM

          That's how I feel about them. They are the best at actual Role Playing elements and characters.

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        March 30, 2012 1:38 PM

        I'm a big Obsidian fan.

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        March 30, 2012 2:03 PM

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        March 30, 2012 3:53 PM

        Obsidian is great. Publishers give them tight deadlines and force them to release games before they are finished. New Vegas, Alpha Protocol and KoToR II would have been amazing had they been allowed to finish them.

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        March 30, 2012 6:30 PM

        I'm just saying, in my opinion KOTOR II was alright, hated NWN2, and Alpha Protocol was fucking horrendous; as long as Obsidian doesn't have a huge hand in it, I don't have to be worried.

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      March 30, 2012 10:43 AM

      Why haven't you all pledged $100 poor people?

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        March 30, 2012 11:18 AM

        Cause I've never played Wasteland and couldn't give a shit about Wasteland 2

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        March 30, 2012 12:51 PM

        Because I've given all my money to Doublefine and Idle Thumbs! Still supporting Wasteland 2 though

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      March 30, 2012 11:39 AM

      I would cancel my backing.

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        March 30, 2012 11:53 AM

        I think I would too....

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          March 31, 2012 9:58 AM

          Seriously? It would be like getting the Black Isle MVP's back together to make a classic RPG.

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      March 30, 2012 12:14 PM

      This is as close to the return of Troika as we'll ever get, stop whining about Obsidian everyone!

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      March 30, 2012 12:22 PM

      Having Avellone on board for design & writing is one thing that could tip me into donating.

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      March 30, 2012 12:32 PM

      Seeing InXile games record, I was kinda worried even if I backed the project.
      With Obsidian on the team, honestly, I'm confident the game will rock

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      March 30, 2012 12:34 PM

      Seriously, you fucking whiners... this is as close to BLACK ISLE as we'll ever be again.

      They shipped gigantic, very complex games that happened to be buggy, boo fucking hoo.

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        March 30, 2012 12:43 PM

        Yep I just increased my backing, this excites me so much I don't know what to do with myself!

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          March 30, 2012 1:49 PM

          May have to as well just to see what they come up with. Could be solid gold, could be Crystal Skull.

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        March 30, 2012 12:45 PM

        Yeah no shit. The article even says Avellone would help design and Obsidian wouldn't do programming so people are whining about nothing.

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        March 30, 2012 12:55 PM

        My only concern its its been like 20 years. People change after 20 years....

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        March 30, 2012 1:50 PM

        People who were actually concerned about this are fucking batshit.

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      March 30, 2012 12:52 PM

      Ok OK OK! I give in. I guess it wasn't enough to back Idle Thumbs and Double Fine's Adventure Game... I FINALLY broke down and supported this one as well. Honestly, I never played this game. I do remember when it came out and I remember being very curious about it. I was just too deeply involved in Ultima, Bard's Tale, Might and Magic and Wizardry to get into this one as well.

      This one sounds like it should be a winner though with the team they are putting together.

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      March 30, 2012 2:34 PM

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      March 30, 2012 5:24 PM

      are you people retarded? Bethesda does QA not Obsidian...

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      March 30, 2012 5:48 PM

      good write-up http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/03/30/obisidian-to-co-develop-wasteland-2-on-one-condition/

      i don't care for obsidian but chris avellone/tim cain seem like a good draw for a game they are shooting for.

      planescape torment and bloodlines are two of my favourite games. worst case scenario is that they will deliver an utterly broken game that needs a year of patching. the game is probably being extremely good though given their record.

      so yeah, play the long game and invest for the game it might be down the line. pay for a game you won't see otherwise.

      if you bought a game like planescape today on gog.co and patched it up/modded it for high resolutions it would blow 90% of every other rpg out of the water.

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      March 30, 2012 6:01 PM

      1.75 -> 2.1 in 17 days?

      fuck yeah

      Also to the Navy Spitfire's of the internet. This isn't an Obsidian game. This is consultation by the ghost of Black Isle.

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      March 30, 2012 6:30 PM

      NO.. .Nooo... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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      March 30, 2012 7:57 PM

      welp this is basically the Best News

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      March 30, 2012 9:39 PM

      Y'all shouting 'no' are not paying attention. Chris Avellone is what you should be taking away from this.

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        March 30, 2012 10:04 PM

        ^^^^^^^ one guy helping with writing isn't going to destroy the game.

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