That’s how much inXile Entertainment were asking for to get Wasteland 3, the potential third in the post-apocalyptic RPG series, fully funded and official. Would you believe they made that and more in just three days? It’s true.
inXile were formed way back in 2002, out of the simmering ashes of Interplay … well, sort of. Brian Fargo brought the studio together, and if you know your video game history, Fargo was also the founder of Interplay. That same studio were well known for their top-down RPG’s, including the Fallout series, Planescape: Torment and the 1988 release, Wasteland. Well before the Fallout brand existed, Wasteland told a similarly dark tale of a future torn by Nuclear war, though an originally planned trilogy of games never surfaced following the original games critical success upon release (on the Apple II and Commodore 64, among other platforms).
Fallout largely exists because of Wasteland in the eyes of many hardcore fans, and despite losing the Fallout license to Bethesda following Interplay’s closure, inXile was born with the intention of continuing some of its older stories amongst its newer ideas. Wasteland 2 eventually came to fruition in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, and eventually released as a Director’s Cut on the Xbox One and PS4 last year, maintaining the original isometric RPG design in the process.
Which brings us back to today. inExile launched its newest crowdfunding campaign on Fig, maybe not as well known as Kickstarter but that certainly didn’t stop the fans from coming in their droves to get the game funded in near record time. As of this post, over 13,000 backers have donated well past the $2.75 million goal, confirming Wasteland 3’s 2019 release on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and PS4. You can support it even further and snag a few early access goodies (among plenty of other prizes on offer) by heading to the campaign support page here.
Sure, 2019 sounds like a really, really long ways away, but all good things come are worth waiting for, right? Wasteland 3 certainly fits that bill, though if you’re new to the world, you can pick up Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut for a fairly cheap price (by now) on your platform of choice and decide from there whether it’s for you.