We are the leads on Wasteland 2 (currently the #1 PC game), the godfather of the post-apocalyptic fallout series. Brian Fargo, Matt Findley and Chris Keenan here to discuss all things crowdfunding, game-making, and escaping the grasp of publishers.
Wasteland 2 was funded on Kickstarter over 2.5 years ago with over 70,000 backers. We had a very transparent development process and released our vision document early while getting feedback from our fans. This was certainly a new process for us and while not without snags, it was an unbelievable way to develop a video game. After working with the crowd to get to this point, we just released Wasteland 2 on Steam, GoG and most other digital distribution sites.
Wasteland 2 is a throwback to isometric style tactical, turn-based combat. At last check, the game has more words than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Our trailer can be seen here : Wasteland 2 Trailer
Brian is a long time industry veteran, CEO of inXile, and Executive Producer on Wasteland 2. Matt (president) and Chris (project lead) designed and directed Wasteland 2.
Finally, as today is talk like a pirate day, one obligatory pirate joke to start us off.
What did the pirate say when he had a steering wheel attached to his balls? Arrrgh….it’s driving me nuts. Now on to the show!
edit 1: Proof So this image we're holding is a litho from the original Wasteland box. There were a small amount made. Brian accidentally signed it to a non-existent Dustin. So if your name is Dustin and you can prove it through a PM, we'll be sending it to you, free of charge!
edit 2 : Back!.
Thanks for all the questions! Heading to get lunch real quick. We should be back around 1PST for another hour.
edit 3 : Thank you all for your questions. It was fun talking about what we've spent the better part of the last 3 years on. Hope you all enjoy it. Looking forward to seeing a picture of Scotchmo when you get him/her.