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Wasteland 2 Beta in October; Release Delayed

A Kickstarter update for Wasteland 2 has word from inXile entertainment leader Brian Fargo on progress on their crowd-funded RPG sequel, indicating it has suffered a bit of an overfunding-caused delay, though unlike the similarly delayed Broken Age, he notes they are working well within their larger-than-expected budget. He says they expect to have a feature-complete version within the next month, saying this is about six weeks after he would have hoped, and that they plan to begin beta testing in October, and will set a new release date after that. Here's word:

You have helped make this game a reality and you will be with us to the end in shaping the final piece through your comments. The best moments in a reactive RPG come during this phase, which provides for touches and details that could have never all been captured in the upfront design. The beta testing will be critical to help us hone in on finalizing a game that can become a classic. And with your help and input we will release the game when its ready.

Thanks to this new crowd sourced model of game production we have the luxury of working on a game that wont be rushed out the door. Under the old process we would often have either retail or a publisher pressuring us to ship a game before we were happy with it. Or the more draconian measure of being sued or having the game handed to another developer to finish, (yes those clauses are fairly common) if we wanted to spend more time polishing our little gem fortunately we have NONE of this.

Once the beta testing begins in October and once we have enough feedback from testing, we can evaluate where were at and set a new release date. By that stage, over ten thousand of our backers will have gotten to play the game with us. In the end, quality comes before everything and fortunately the backers have been in line with us to make sure we get it right.

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