Wasteland 2’s retail version will be distributed by Deep Silver, it has been announced on the project’s Kickstarter page.
The distribution deal outlined by inXile CEO Brain Fargo, states the agreement will allow the studio to focus on “all creative aspects of developing the game,” while Deep Silver handles the retail release and the physical good fulfillment for the Kickstarter backers.
“This is a perfect opportunity for inXile: it allows us to continue to focus all of our energy and money into the creative aspects of the game while letting Deep Silver take our game outside of the pure digital space,” aid Fargo. “This has the added bonus of allowing us to spend more of the Kickstarter funds on development while continue to retain all ownership and control.
“I’ve known the people at Deep Silver for many years and they have always been a first rate organization to deal with.”
Deep Silver will also assist in QA testing for localized, international versions of the game. The firm will not have any creative control over the RPG, as the game has already been funded through Kickstarter backers.
“We’re fully funded and free to implement our own creative vision, and directly communicate with our backers and crowdsource ideas,” reads the Q&A regarding the agreement.
“inXile always intended to use a third-party to handle these matters, as we are simply too small a studio to be capable of handling all the award fulfillment details from a practical standpoint. By finding the right partner, we gain not just time: it also frees up financial resources for us as they are more efficient at handling physical fulfillment than we would be.
“All of that time and funding saved will go right back into the game. We’ll also benefit from additional support from Deep Silver on things like international version QA.
“Deep Silver has no nterest in interfering with our promises when it comes to DRM-free release or any future plans we may have for expansions, all our previous promises on these stand. So the only real impact for our backers is that the physical goods fulfillment is in good hands.”
The deal also assures that distribution will be handled “professionally and quickly,” ensuring a “smooth experience for getting the game and goodies” in backer’s hands.
It will also allow the game to be distributed at retail so those unfamiliar with Kickstarter or who don’t use digital stores can purchase a physical copy.
All digital distribution and sales will still being handled by inXile.
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Wasteland 2 is slated for northern autumn on Linux, Mac and PC.