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Are people sick of Kickstarter? Not according to Wasteland 2 dev

Monday, 26th May 2014 16:14 GMT By Sherif Saed

Wasteland 2 developer inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo doesn’t believe people are sick of Kickstarter, and has attributed the smaller chance of success compared to what it was previously to “Kickstarter doing its job.”

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Speaking to Digital Spy in an interview, Fargo said. “I think sometimes some of the projects that have failed is Kickstarter doing its job.

“Which is saying, ‘We don’t really want that, or there’s already too much like it’. I think it worked very well for us, and it worked well for [Tim] Schafer, because it’s quite honest to say this game wouldn’t have existed without it, period, because we’re a middle-ground developer, we’re not two guys.”

Fargo added that making a Kickstarter for a game genre that already has many products in the market is what makes it tough, adding that there are still millions of dollars being made on the crowd-funding service, if the pitch is right. He used the example of Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 as an example of high-profile projects getting funded.

“There was a Fallout audience that loved one and two, and they wanted something more like that than where Fallout 3 and New Vegas went. Not that those are bad, but they wanted a more tactical, isometric, post-apocalyptic role-playing game. In that particular case, it hadn’t been done.

“Now if somebody came up with another one after us, it wouldn’t do as well, I think, because we would have been scratching that itch.”

Fargo also touched on the risk involved with each project, saying that once the developer delivers the final game, it creates trust and helps with raising funds for future projects, something which Fargo said inXile would do again.

inXile Entertainment has been one of the early few developers that have launched very successful projects on Kickstarter, Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera both raised and exceeded their funding goals. Wasteland 2 is set to launch in August with most of its development team already moving to Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Are you sick of Kickstarter? Let us know your thoughts.

Thanks, Gamespot.

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3 Comments

  1. c.huge

    I think Kickstarter is still an awesome way for unknowns to get the funds to make their dream projects. However, it’s turned into a place for big names to avoid publishers’ demands.

    Both are great for the industry, but it’s not quite fair. Those big names end up getting all of the attention, and those unknowns with grand ideas most of the time fail to get their project funded.

    Not to mention, I’m just burned out on the whole thing. I’ve backed four projects (Project Eternity, Star Citizen, Project Phoenix, and Unsung Story), as early as 2012, and have yet to see any of them get released. As a gamer I already have a backlog that I’m ashamed of, and now I’m adding games to it that I can’t even play right now if I wanted to?

    #1 3 months ago
  2. Sherif Saed

    @c.huge Like anything else in life, studios with good pedigree will have a better chance on it than new, unproven ones, even if they have grand ideas.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. Revolting

    As with all things, some people are better at doing Kickstarter than others, and some have a further advantage by having a lot of fan interest long before the project is launched on Kickstarter.

    I think Brian’s views are pretty irrelevant on this, to be honest. Yes, he did very well on Kickstarter, and I myself was more than happy to back both Wasteland 2 and Torment. But that was a whole two years ago, during the peak of Kickstartermania. (The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter ended April 2012… good grief, that time flew by.) I’m looking forward to playing it, but I don’t know if I’d be so keen to back it had the Kickstarter started today. A lot has changed (and a lot of projects have failed to live up to promises) since 2012.

    That said, I do still back the occasional project, but it takes a lot more to convince me that it’s worth it, these days.

    #3 3 months ago

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