Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile Entertainment and co-creator of 1988’s post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland, had decided to create a new game based on the series due to the success of Double Fine’s Kickstarter success.
Speaking with IGN, Fargo said preliminary meetings regarding the project have started, but it wouldn’t have been possible with interest from fans of the series.
This isn’t the first time Fargo has wanted to create another game in the series, but after the release of the original game, he and his co-creators were unable due to not owning the rights. Instead, the developers made the Fallout games instead, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“A lot of people have forgotten that there would have been no Fallout if there wasn’t a Wasteland,” said Fargo, noted that if funded by the fans through Kickstarter, it “would mitigate a lot of this risk.”
While Fargo is unsure if the game will be a sequel to Wasteland at this point, a la Wasteland 2, what he is sure of, is that it will be “100% faithful to its roots” and will be something akin to “top-down, probably isometric, party based, skill based — where if you’d just finished playing Wasteland and moved onto this you’d feel comfortable.”
“This process means we don’t have to do it like the publisher wants,” he said, and added that fans need not worry about the game going “mainstream.” Instead, it will be “more like the old days…totally creative.”
Since the idea for the project is less than 48 hours old at this point, there are still a few issues to work out: for one, inXile needs to find space available on its production schedule; secondly, it would take around $1 million of funding to be developed for PC, and possibly iOS platforms in the future.
Fargo hopes to launch the Kickstarter campaign for Wasteland next month, and since he recently acquired the rights to the game, it’s sounds promising.