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Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! Join the over 70,000 Kickstarter backers and interact with the development team to help shape the ending of an already historic post-apocalyptic story. The Wasteland's hellish landscape has been waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.
Release Date: Dec 13, 2013
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What the developers say:

“Here’s the thing: we’ve got a sequel to the classic Wasteland 1, one of the original RPG's and the godfather of the Fallout™ series. Like the original, this one’s a turn-based, isometric, story-intensive exploration of the radioactive wastes of the American Southwest, heavy on choice and consequence. 20 years we have been waiting for the moment to have a sequel to Wasteland and the moment is near.

Now, time was we could get a publisher to do the beta for us… but like the United States in 2112, those days are long gone, a windswept, radioactive memory. Like the Desert Rangers risin' from the ashes of the old world, we’re building a new community, a new reality for the world as it is: from the Kickstarter community to the Steam community, this new world only works when people are weighing in with their ideas and impressions.

We’re starting out at $59.99 and you’re going to get a lot for your money over time, including a truckload of digital extras, including:

-- A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic
-- Two digital novellas set in The Wasteland world
-- Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 OST in digital format
-- A digital concept art book

* We expect the final release price will be lower, but the digital novellas, OST and concept art book are exclusive to Early Access

You also are joining our indie dev team. Your participation is going to make this game better.

We’re looking for your input to help us tailor the remainder of the development process into the best experience we can deliver. The audience input has been hugely useful throughout the process, and we want to make sure your voice is heard clear through to the end. Do you see areas where you could improve the art? Systems? Dialogue? Find anything that’s broken? We want to hear it; because we’re going to fix it.

This game’s basically feature-complete. We’re including 30% of the game levels so you can see how Wasteland 2 plays: AI, gear, inventory, creatures, line-of-sight, exploration, world-maps, fast travel, dialogue, and more. Oh yeah: you’ll also get to test out the combat system. Hell, that’s a big part of the fun here. We’ve got a cartload of quests, memorable characters, NPCs who’ll be happy to join your party for a price (or for vengeance), and all the explosive fun of a radioactive monk without any of that actual radiation. During this early access phase we’ll be adding even more content in the form of new levels, killer weapons and NPCs and of course fixing those pesky bugs that the programmers put in the code. (We keep telling them to stop putting them in because they’re just going to have to take them out later.)

What’s missing? We still have UI to improve on, more skills to add, more player choice, more SFX and of course more areas to explore and we will hone these elements based on your experiences.

We’re offerin' an Early Access and Kickstarter Backer-exclusive site so you can report bugs and deliver your feedback. This is where you get to interface directly with the development team and shape the direction of the final candidate for release. We’ve been making games for a long time—some of the members of the team were on the original, back in ’87—and our decades of experience have taught us that the best measure of quality is the happiness of the customer.

Help us deliver the quintessential post-apocalyptic RPG.”
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Wasteland 2 Early Beta Update #34119 Notes

February 25th, 2014

We put out a hotfix today to fix a handful of the known issues with the latest beta build.

Notes for build #34119:

Balance tweaks
Fixed CNPC lost control locking out combat
Exploding pod fragments now stack to 10
Switch PaGa SMG to fire 9mm rounds from .45
Added 1000 scrap to Gorkinivivh
Custom portraits should properly save
Saving and loading at the end of a radio conversation should no longer cause the conversation to not have dialog options
Pigs and Pitbull should properly spawn
When changing graphic settings a confirmation window with a 10 second timeout appears.
HOTFIX: Fixed infinite loading in Agricultural Center

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Wasteland 2 Early Beta Update #34046 Notes

February 24th, 2014

Wasteland 2 Early Beta Build #34046 just went live on Steam. As a major update, it will break existing saves.

THIS UPDATE INCLUDES OVER 2000 FIXES. Patch notes are available on our tumblr.

High Profile Updates:

Brand new icon based inventory, character sheet, skill screen and support UI elements
Huge combat pass. Animations (tons of new death and damages), SFX, VFX, AI all greatly improved.
Added destructible cover
Surgeon and Field medic have been greatly improved. Now when using the skill, a list appears with all useable items
Quality Settings check on game load.
Added Mechanical Repair Skill
Introducing grenadiers and heavy weapons AI experts
Added Prison map
Added reactivity state where both Highpool and Ag Center can fall.
Multiple improvements have been made to the save game system which were causing save games to not load
Multiple engine optimizations have been made to increase performance.
Multiple compatibility fixes.

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Reviews

“Wasteland 2 is looking increasingly like one of the most delicious fruits of Kickstarter.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Wasteland 2 is a modern reflection of glorious retro gaming.”
Polygon

“Wasteland 2 is nothing if not a game all about player agency.”
Dealspwn

Early Access Offer

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • Two digital novellas set in The Wasteland world.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

You also are joining our indie dev team. Your participation is going to make this game better.

About the Game

Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! Join the over 70,000 Kickstarter backers and interact with the development team to help shape the ending of an already historic post-apocalyptic story. The Wasteland's hellish landscape has been waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG and the inspiration behind the Fallout series. Until Wasteland, no other CRPG had ever allowed players to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes or given them the chance to make moral choices that would directly affect the world around them. Wasteland was a pioneer in multi-path problem solving, dripping in choice and consequence and eschewing the typical one-key-per-lock puzzle solving methods of its peers, in favor of putting the power into players’ hands to advance based on their own particular play style.

The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save you. Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone and get ready for maximum destruction with the RPG-style character advancement and customization that made the first Wasteland so brutal. Save an ally from certain death or let them perish – the choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Key Features


  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Don't feel like finding the key for a door? Why not try a Rocket Launcher! Basically the same thing... right?
  • Enhanced Classic RPG Game Play: Classic RPG game play ideas updated with modern design philosophies.
  • Decision Making... with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity to the players choices, every decision matters in the outcome of the story.
  • Huge & Customizable: Dozens of hours of game. Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on your Rangers' appearance. Over 150 weapons. Dozens of skills. Even the UI can be customized.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/XP/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 260 GTS or Radeon HD 4850 - 512 MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 64bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 460 GTX / Radeon 5770 - 1 GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 300 Series or Radeon equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 400 Series or Radeon equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2,064 of 2,749 people (75%) found this review helpful
601 products in account
28 reviews
7.3 hrs on record
EDIT: This review was originally a thumbs down. To see my original post, read below.

I originally didn't recommend the EARLY ACCESS version of Wasteland 2 for several reasons but the main point was it being nearly unplayable. The argument against this was that it's in "beta." I don't disagree with that statement, but to ask $60 to test a product that can barely be tested makes me not want to recommend it. I felt there were features missing and a general lack of polish that shouldn't exist in a product that was in development for over a year and then released for PUBLIC testing. "That's the point of a beta" some say, and I don't disagree. But when you sell a product, you must justify why the customer should buy it.

I Kickstarted the game so my money was already spent but I didn't recommend someone with no personal connection to the game suddenly drop money just for beta access. Some people thought this meant I hated the game which is far from the truth. I like Wasteland 2. I like how it's shaping up. NOT RECOMMENDED doesn't necessarily mean "bad game" it means "hold your money for now."

So why did I change my opinion? Because a recent glut of updates has brought the game to a pretty polished state. The UI, which was once a buggy mess that often refused to work, is now workable. Combat no longer favors fast, strong blitzing attackers. Some tweaks to the beginning of the game help lessen the impact of practically going out naked. Your party will now do stuff as a group such as reloading. There's a huge list of updates and changes I could go into but bottom line is that Wasteland 2 is now looking like a commercial product whereas the original beta release was somehow less playable than the leaked Van Buren alpha from a decade ago.

I still have a hard time recommend dropping $60 simply because you're paying as much as a Kickstarter backer while recieving fewer rewards. And that's just an unfortunate side effect of how Kickstarter works but if you really want to get into the game and seriously test it out, now's a good time. Better yet, as of typing this there's a limited window for Kickstarter backers who didn't buy into the beta to get it for a flat $10. I can recommend that.

Wasteland 2 is looking like the Fallout 3/Van Buren we were promised years ago and I'm excited to see the finished product.

--ORIGINAL POST--
Before you drop 60 bones to get early access, understand something: This is a beta. An ACTUAL beta, not the feature-complete-a-week-from-going-gold betas that most big companies sling around. The game is unoptimized, a quarter of the skills are either not implemented or don't work correctly, there are bugs galore, the UI is a wreck, and it's only a small chunk of the final game. I have a mid-range PC and get 18-40 frames at max but people with beefier rigs get maybe half that.

That's not to say I don't enjoy the game or the testing process, because I do. I backed this game and was looking forward to testing it and I'm not disappointed. I love the game's aesthetic and design. I see there's a good game buried here. I'm not warning you away from the game itself, I'm warning you that unlike 90% of the games on Steam early access you are actually buying into a beta that's being actively worked on by the community, not a near finished stable product.
Posted: December 15th, 2013
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770 of 1,067 people (72%) found this review helpful
250 products in account
2 reviews
6.4 hrs on record
Fans of Fallout 1 and 2 need to play this game, awesome on so many levels! There's real consequences for your actions, believable dialogue, survival based resource alocation (water), and toasters!

*****Additional Info******
Okay so further to what I origionally wrote here's a few key points

- Have you ever played one of your old games and though what would it be like to play this exact game with todays graphics? Well that's essentially what InXile did; and that is brilliant! InXile had a winning formula, and they did what a lot of studio's seem unable to do; stuck with it highlighting the best features rather than changing them.

- InXile have done a great job of listening to their origional backers, and not simply taking the money and then making a game for a different target audience- like say MW:O

- This is the first game of the year that lives up to the hype! Rome 2, CoH 2, BF4, and many others were huge disappointments this year. So I''m glad one studio was able to deliver on their promises.

- If you're into Baldurs Gate type games take a look at InXile's other game Torment: Tides of Numenera, which I feel is safe to recommend after seeing how this turned out

- Understand that this game is fully 3D however the camera is top-down isometric like: Jagged Alliance, Fallout 1+2, And most D&D games
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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417 of 657 people (63%) found this review helpful
47 products in account
1 review
41.9 hrs on record
Note - review is likely now obsolete/irrelevant - updates during 2014 as at 27/03 have not been taken into account. I'll amend/delete once I get an opportunity to give a newer iteration a run - or just delete for fairness sake if I don't.

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Looks like a lot of effort has gone into a complex story line, solid world feel, backstory etc. I'm quite optimistic on that front.

But suffering from buyers remorse after the big outlay for early access. Doesn't feel like an early beta (god I hope it's not similar enough to the final that the devs are hand on heart viewing it as their beta). The price is an absolutely punitive cashin on obsessive fans of anything post-apocalyptic warzoney goodness. But I took the hook so nice work. Goodwill may have taken a hit there.

Combat is mind numbingly boring - I truly hope the current combat model is a filler - because otherwise it's a massive step back from the likes of the fallout efforts.

Character visual customization is about 5% of where it needs to be. Mission turn in in highpoint needs to be streamlined - running the terrain and recatching that lift is a horrible way to waste a limited human lifespan. If that's the default approach for other areas - woo hoo & no no.

I'm sure they'll fix the weird ammo slotting bugs, make armour not god mode, make the skills do stuff, fix cover weirdness, allow you to cure plant tinea, change abilities so there's a point to not going cookie-cutter, provide reasons for using the *other* weapons.

I am quietly confident that after all that is done - I will patch it and begin looking for the substantial amount of other stuff I'd expect as a given for the game given its profile and cost.
Posted: December 21st, 2013
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273 of 435 people (63%) found this review helpful
352 products in account
12 reviews
14.5 hrs on record
About 8 hours in. Hardly scratched the surface and this is only the beta. Feels more like Fallout 1 than any game since Fallout 1! Exactly what the backers asked for so far. Highly reccomended for any fan of the original Fallout games and classic 90's CRPGS!
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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413 of 675 people (61%) found this review helpful
186 products in account
5 reviews
32.4 hrs on record
Highly recommended. Even though it's only beta there's solid foundations to create a masterpiece of fallout1-2esque proportions and beyond.

I believe once the game is released there will be support for modding as well which in games of the genre always fared well.
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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