InXile CEO and Interplay founder Brian Fargo has made good on his plans to start a Kickstarter campaign to fund a sequel to the 1988 RPG Wasteland
, with the project now up and running.
Fargo said last month
that he was interested in funding a second title in the series via Kickstarter, following the success of Double Fine's recent Kickstarter campaign.
The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter has now begun
, and has already amassed over $60,000 in the space of an hour. It is described on the Kickstarter page as a "direct sequel" to the original release, which served as the predecessor to the popular Fallout
Fargo will head the team for the new game, while Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole -- both of whom designed the original Wasteland
-- will be designing this new installment.
Numerous other designers, writers and musicians who previously worked on the original Fallout
games are also onboard, including Mark Morgan and Jason Anderson.
The new game will return to the first game's top-down perspective, with turn-based tactical play and a huge focus on storyline.
"This is probably the last chance for a Wasteland
sequel," reads the Kickstarter page. "We have tried to pitch this game multiple times to game publishers, but they’ve balked. They don’t think there’s any interest in a solid, old school type of game."
It continues, "This is our shot at proving them wrong. And more importantly this could help bring back an entire genre of RPGs. The power of the indie scene continues and we see this as all part of a bigger trend of bringing control back to the developers."