InXile Entertainment, founded by Brian Fargo of Interplay fame (during its PC RPG glory days, anyway), has already hit its original Kickstarter crowdfunding target for Wasteland 2 development earlier this month. Yet the war chest grows and is nearing $2 million USD with over two weeks left into the campaign.
In case you were still on the fence over donating to the cause, inXile today sweetens the deal. The studio reveals it has reached an agreement with Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment to receive design assistance for Wasteland 2, but only if the amount of Kickstarter pledges can hit over $2.1 million USD.
Interplay veteran Chris Avellone, currently working at Obsidian as Chief Creative Officer, has already been named as one such hired gun willing to take part in Wasteland 2 development. Avellone and Fargo had previously worked together on classic Interplay titles including Planescape: Torment and of course, the early Fallout games. Avellone himself is stoked at the prospects of teaming up with Fargo again to work on the "godfather of post-apocalyptic RPGs":
"Wasteland is one of my favorite RPGs of all time, and when Brian asked if I wanted to work on the sequel, I jumped at the chance. While I’ve worked on Fallout 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, getting the chance to work on the spiritual predecessor to the Fallout franchise is a honor."
Fargo reassures that no matter how many friends they decide to bring in from Obsidian, the core development work remains in the hands of inXile to better manage the project. Wasteland 2 would certainly be enjoying good company with the likes of Avellone lending a helping hand nevertheless, but that will depend on how quickly the Kickstarter drive manages to collect another $400,000 USD over the next 17 days (at time of writing).