Brian Fargo and inXile entertainment recently announced that their Kickstarter title Wasteland 2 is being delayed due to an “increased scope”; it turns out the company’s game budget is causing ‘an inherent struggle with the original release date’.
The team received $2 million more than its originally intended $900,000 on Kickstarter, and the game is subsequently getting a larger scope. As a result, Wasteland 2 will be subject to beta testing in October this year and backers of the game can already try it out at that point.
Despite the delay, Brian Fargo stressed that Wasteland 2 would “remain well financed for development, thus allowing [them] to ship a product without compromise.” It’s a good thing that they are not facing the same financial problems as Kickstarter’s other crowdfunding success, Double Fine’s Broken Age, which caused uproar after Tim Schafer announced they would need more money to meet a January release date.
“Once the beta testing begins in October and once we have enough feedback from testing, we can evaluate where we’re at and set a new release date. By that stage, over ten thousand of our backers will have gotten to play the game with us. In the end, quality comes before everything and fortunately the backers have been in line with us to make sure we get it right.”
The development team confirmed it would be showing more of Wasteland 2 at this year’s Gamescom expo in Cologne, Germany August 21-25. Even though the game won’t be shown to the public, the team plans to create a video for their backers and fans, based on the area they’ll be demoing.