Fallout wasn’t just a game that came out of nowhere. It has roots in a post-apocalyptic RPG called Wasteland, release in 1988 for the Commodore 64, Apple II, DOS, and Macintosh. Lost in the annals of time, Wasteland has remained dormant in the collective mind of gamers. But no longer. Brian Fargo, the CEO of inXile Entertainment, worked previously for Interplay Entertainment where he created the Fallout series, as well Wasteland and A Bard’s Tale. He’s recently announced that he plans on creating a brand new Wasteland game, thanks to the number of fans who have been urging him to.
Fargo was inspired by the success of Tim Schafer, who used Kickstarter to begin the funding for a new click and point adventure game called Double Fine Adventure, which means that almost all the capital for production and development comes from fans interested in the project. Fargo wants to take a similar route, using Kickstarter to get fans involved in the development of the game. IGN reports that Fargo won’t have to worry about having to make the game the way a publisher wants. Fargo says that the game can just be “more like the old days…totally creative.”
The game probably won’t be exactly like the original. Fargo notes that the game “would be focusing on top-down, probably isometric, party based, skill based — where if you’d just finished playing Wasteland and moved onto this you’d feel comfortable.” It will, however, stay true by being a PC game first, though iOS isn’t out of the question.
Since this seed of thought is only about 48 hours old, there is still much that Fargo and his team must consider. They are currently working on a production schedule to gauge feasibility, though he hopes that the Kickstarter page will be live within the next month.
Whether or not this sudden crop of Kickstarter-based games means that developers who want to work outside of the system will begin looking more and more to their fans for funding will become a new trend is uncertain. Schafer and Fargo are developers with a lot of “street-cred”; gamers trust them and want to see what else they can do, so much so that they are willing to fund it themselves. As a bonus, they don’t have to worry about companies sticking their nose into the middle of everything and turning it into a vapid piece of garbage intended to appeal to the lowest common denominator.