With the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter now at $1.5 million, the questions now becomes what happens at the next major milestone. While a Mac and Linux version are already guaranteed, a social aspect was floated.
“The most common question now is what happens when we hit $2 million and above. First and foremost we hang our hat on the density of the experience the gamers get with a great RPG, and these monies continue to insure that happens. At $2 million we will increase the staff to make the game more social so that it can become a more shared experience. We like the concepts of dropping notes into the world for your friends who are playing the game, or perhaps we may allow you to send an item their way from Ranger center to help them out. We are fleshing out the ideas but intend to increase the social aspects of the game without diverting it from being an old school RPG and without hurting the balance.“
The idea of implementing such a change immediately caused concerned messages to be posted, to which Fargo responded, “There has been a lot of panic that any kind of element of sharing will ruin the classic old school RPG. I think some people are overreacting to the word ‘social’ which I can kind of understand. But here is the bottom line. We will post a description of our thoughts in the forums and if YOU the fans still don’t want it then we will not fight the majority. We can now get back to our normal shouting.”
“More important than multi-player I would prefer to have a robust set of tools so the community can create mods and make the Wasteland world bigger than any one company ever could,” Fargo said. “Rest assured we are spending our efforts to determine at what tier we can have a team work on this. But keep in mind that making Wasteland 2 a deep RPG experience is mission critical, so even if we make the mod tools they are likely to come out after our ship date.”
“We wanted to have a little fun and make another comical video so I hope you enjoy it,” he added. “The next video I put up will also be more informative as I will answer some of the more common questions from the forums. We are still deciding on the tech, and we don’t know what the final budget is, so it can be difficult to have answers for everything right now.”