Developer inXile has announced in its latest Kickstarter update for Wasteland 2 that the game will officially be released in August. Wasteland 2 was successfully funded on Apr 17, 2012 via a rather impressive Kickstarter campaign that raised over $2.9 million by its close and was backed by 61,290 people. The post apocalyptic action RPG – which was the inspiration of the Fallout series of games from Interplay (now owned by Bethesda) – was also released on Steam Early Access in December of last year. The game is currently in beta and being played by both backers and early adopters on Steam.
The game was originally scheduled for an October 2013 release, but the scope and scale of the game was expanded due mostly to Kickstarter stretch goals, making it nearly impossible for inXile to have the game complete by that time.
"What we're releasing is a game of much greater scope than we ever dreamed of when starting our Kickstarter," inXile boss Brian Fargo stated. "More features, more areas, more reactivity, more words, all thanks to you for funding our game and for giving us the time needed to finish it."
For those who did commit to the game early and are currently playing the beta, inXile has some more good news: a new major update released today nearly doubles that size of the game:
"This update adds the final major area of Arizona, meaning the Wasteland 2 beta now includes all Arizona maps, which is approximately half the entire game!" Fargo said.
Wasteland 2's development is "internally feature complete, but not feature locked," according to Brian Fargo. This means that new features can still be added to the game before its August release date.
"If a feature is not good enough, we'll cut it, but if fan feedback and internal review indicates it's vital, we'll double down on it," Fargo said. "But the main focus for the new few months lies with balancing, optimizing and of course mercilessly hunting down bugs."
inXile is also looking for volunteers to help with localization of the game in Spanish, French, German and Italian. Those who provide approved translations of over 250 strings will receive a digital copy of Wasteland 2 along with early beta access.