Last month, A2Central brought you the news that Brian Fargo, the creative force behind the original Wasteland, was considering a sequel for modern platforms and was looking at Kickstarter to crowd-source funding for the project.  The Wasteland 2 Kickstarter campaign, which is seeking $900,000 in pledged funds by April 17, 2012, went live yesterday and as of this post, has already exceeded $730,000.  A this rate, Fargo should have plenty of funding to get Wasteland 2 into development.

From the Kickstarter description:

“Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.”

Additionally, Fargo has been hard at work to get the proverbial band back together, enlisting original Wasteland primary designers Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole, and pursing other original team members to participate in the sequel.

To read more about the project (and maybe make a contribution), visit the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page here.  You can also follow Brian on Twitter for more immediate updates.


(HT to Ken Gagne).

Mike is the editor-in-chief of A2Central, as well as a blogger and rescuer of classic manuals and books.