Wasteland 2 is doing solid numbers via Steam Early Access, according to inXile Entertainment co-founder Brian Fargo. While it’s not quite raking in DayZ numbers, it’s still doing well despite its high price of entry. Fargo has now touched on the beta’s performance and pricing in a new interview.
It follows my in-depth interview with Fargo about Wasteland 2’s ‘odd’ factor, beta development and much more.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Fargo stressed that Wasteland 2 sales haven’t “been anything crazy,” but added, “Not a lot of people typically sign up for Early Access for a single-player game, that I’ve seen, and for that price. Most people are content on waiting. Most of the comments are, we can’t wait to see it when it finally comes out. There are a lot of Early Access games that are less, like $20. We’re a very different dynamic.”
Wasteland 2 costs £34.99 on Steam Early Access which, as Fargo notes, is higher than many games in a similar, unfinished state. The reasoning for this price-point, he explained, was to match the $55 entry point to securing a download of the game on Kickstarter. Pricing the game any lower on Steam for non-backers would have undermined the original supporters and investors, he said.
Fargo added, “Imagine me doing another Kickstarter after sending the signal that, by the way, if you support us early on, we’re going to undercut you later. You have these different groups of people. We have the new audience and then we have my Kickstarter audience. They both have different dynamics. If you didn’t know the backstory you might say, gosh, why are you charging so much for it? But when you know the backstory you understand.”
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