Brian Fargo begins raising $900K for Wasteland 2 on Kickstarter

Brian Fargo revives Wasteland 2Brian Fargo, chief executive of InXile Entertainment and a veteran game-maker, is following through with plans to raise money for Wasteland 2 on Kickstarter. Right now, the Kickstarter campaign is raising about $1,000 per minute for the post-apocalyptic game.

Fargo was inspired to raise the money to finance his new game after Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions raised nearly $3 million for a game through their Kickstarter campaign, which closes today. Schafer plans to use the money to fund a new adventure game that traditional publishers have shied away from.

The 1988 version of Wasteland was a post-apocalyptic role-playing game with large parties. After it came out, Interplay switched over to making Fallout games as single-player titles. But Fargo has wanted to make an online multiplayer version of Wasteland for the Internet, where large parties can come together and play.

So far, Fargo has raised more than $114,693 [an hour later it was at $148,664 from 2,553 backers] from 1,949 backers and has 34 days to go in his campaign. Pledges are for $15 or more. Fargo said in his Kickstarter video that Wasteland was made in the golden age of games when creativity was at its peak.

But Fargo hasn’t had any luck getting traditional game publishers to fund the game. The video makes light of the problem of how publishers aren’t taking risks on medium-sized indie efforts these days.

“Did you do Angry Birds?” the faux kid producer asks Fargo in the video.

“Would I f***ing be here if I made Angry Birds?,” Fargo replies.

As envisioned, Wasteland 2 is a turn-based, top-down, role-playing, party game set in a Fallout-like post-apocalypse game.

“This really might be a last chance for a Wasteland 2,” Fargo said.

Speaking of Kickstarter projects, Rusel DeMaria has one going to finance the writing and publishing of the third edition of his High Score video-game history book. And Exato Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for its Guncraft game. Cipher Primes is raising $60,000 for its Auditorium 2 game. Josh Hughes is also raising money via Kickstarter for an indie rhythm game. But Fargo’s is the most ambitious of the new crop.

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