InXile Entertainment announced that Wasteland 2 will include the original 1987 CRPG Wasteland for free. The original RPG is considered the godfather of post apocalyptic games and a sort-of spiritual successor to another game series made by Interplay: Fallout. This free offering would not have been possible without the kindness of EA towards InXile Entertainment because EA owns the rights to the title.
"The #1 request we had during our Kickstarter campaign was to have the ability to play the first game," said Brian Fargo, of InXile Entertainment. "Fortunately EA has continued to support us on this project and has granted us the ability to bring the original to the players. It is great to be able to make Wasteland available for those feeling nostalgic or who want to experience it for the first time. It certainly will not be a pre-requisite to understand Wasteland 2, but it adds some extra flavor if you did play the prequel."
Putting aside EA's charitable move to help InXile, Wasteland 2 would not have been possible if not for the funding provided by fans excited about the prospect of a Wasteland sequel. When the Kickstarter for Wasteland 2 was finished InXile managed to raise $2,933,252 from 61,290 fans – well over the initial $900,000 it had asked for at the beginning.
You can follow the progress of Wasteland 2's development at wasteland.inxile-entertainment.com.