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Old 04-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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Wasteland 2 Nearing Final Hours, A Few Updates


Wasteland 2 has less than 35 hours to go until it successfully meets its Kickstarter goal, and some new developments have come up.

First, InXile has added a number of bonuses to the $30 tier. These rewards include a second copy of the game for any format (Windows, Mac or Linux), an extra set of character portraits for your desert rangers, a four episode video development blog, and a novella set in the Wasteland universe written by Chris Avellone.

Second, InXile will host a live stream tomorrow starting at 7 PM pacific time. In addition to throwing a party to celebrate the game's successful funding, they will also be answering questions from viewers. Attendees will include Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Chris Avellone, and some "surprise guests". Brian Fargo will give out the stream address tomorrow afternoon on the Kickstarter page and his Twitter.

Lastly, No Mutants Allowed reports that Uningine's CEO Denis Shergin has offered to support the game by giving InXile a free license to use their engine.

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Old 04-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, i should put some money into this.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #3
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God damn it. I've just started a new job & won't be paid until the end of the month. Anyone wanna donate in my name for reimbursement at the end of this month?
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Thank you everybody. I can only hope I will like Wasteland 2 as much W1.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Kicked $50 their way. Good times playing this game on my parents old IBM PS2 30/286. Next time I go over to visit them I need to see if I can find the original box and contents for this game. Might be packed in the crawl space with all my old transformers.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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Out of curiosity, from a business perspective, with so many people kicking in $15+ for the game, once they spend the money on development costs, what do they project their income to be from sales? I mean, a lot of the people that would be day 1 purchasers have essentially bought the game. How many people do they project will be paying full price for it at release? With the amount of money already donated, are they already "profitable"?

I guess it means that as opposed to paying off debt from sales, they funding it through sales, but its a pretty massive shift in the way the money moves. Interesting to think about if you have a background in business.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #7
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Also, when I watch some of the videos of the people in charge of the projects on a lot of Kickstarters, I'm not surprised that they haven't found funding. Some people I think just don't know how to sell themselves well, but have a good product, and these are ones I'm tempted to and sometimes do fund. But there are others that are so unprofessional and scattered, that I'm amazed they had the discipline to even get the Kickstarter set up in the first place.

Protip: if you're going to make a video where you get as many takes as you want to make it perfect, MAKE IT PERFECT. Don't stumble over what you're saying, or contradict yourself, or have massive pauses and say "...so...yeah. You should totally support us."
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:32 PM   #8
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Out of curiosity, from a business perspective, with so many people kicking in $15+ for the game, once they spend the money on development costs, what do they project their income to be from sales? I mean, a lot of the people that would be day 1 purchasers have essentially bought the game. How many people do they project will be paying full price for it at release? With the amount of money already donated, are they already "profitable"?

I guess it means that as opposed to paying off debt from sales, they funding it through sales, but its a pretty massive shift in the way the money moves. Interesting to think about if you have a background in business.
Well so far there are 55,000 people who have basically pre-ordered the game. That's a big number, but I think there are even more who haven't backed it because they don't want to risk their money until the game is actually released. If the game turns out good it'll be those people who buy it at full price and make the company their profit.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:22 AM   #9
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The 'Uningine' news is interesting. A fully realtime 3D engine that supports photorealistic graphics.... for a top-down isometric RPG? That could make things VERY interesting indeed. Be interesting to see if they take up the offer.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:27 AM   #10
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One benefit is it's compatible with all platforms they're planning to release the game on.
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Well so far there are 55,000 people who have basically pre-ordered the game. That's a big number, but I think there are even more who haven't backed it because they don't want to risk their money until the game is actually released. If the game turns out good it'll be those people who buy it at full price and make the company their profit.
The fundamental difference I see is that these aren't pre-orders, really. They're pre-payments. No further money is coming from these people (for the most part).

Ultimately as long as they produce it for less than they've raised, and live life comfortably until then, it's a success. It's just a completely different way of looking at the business.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:22 AM   #12
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Just decided to pledge $30 myself. Why not, most games cost more than this in the first few months of release anyways, and I LOVED Wasteland back in the day!
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It's just a completely different way of looking at the business.
Yep. There are no developing costs to recover, because the costs were pre-paid. If it releases, sells nothing, but stays on budget while paying for a studio to run for over a year, it is still a win for them.
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I kicked in $100 for reviving a part of my childhood C64 memories.

I'd put in double for someone credible who will redo Legacy of Ancients or Phantasie III.
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I put in $50 before the last moment. I'll take a cloth map please.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #16
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They just finished their live stream party and they said production on the game begins tomorrow. Kickstarter combined with their Paypal pledges they have over $2,900,000, and I know there is more money coming in from sites like RPG Codex which have raised $10,000. I hope InXile reaches 3 million since that will guarantee mod tools.
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