Deep Silver announced today that they would be handling retail distribution for inXile's upcoming Kickstarter-funded Wasteland 2. As Deep Silver puts it, with their company handling retail, inXile can focus on actually developing the game.
inXile's CEO Brian Fargo comments:
“This is a perfect opportunity for inXile: it allows us to continue to focus all of our energy and money into the creative aspects of the game while letting Deep Silver take our game outside of the pure digital space. This has the added bonus of allowing us to spend more of the Kickstarter funds on development while continue to retain all ownership and control. I’ve known the people at Deep Silver for many years and they have always been a first rate organization to deal with.”
Aside from that obvious benefit, Deep Silver's involvement also helps with pushing Wasteland 2 to retailers who may not be familiar with Kickstarter and its significance. Think of it as having a useful middle man. Digital distribution will, of course, still be inXile's responsibility.
Additionally, Deep Silver is also having a hand in the QA testing process for localized international versions of the game.
As for the game itself, a hefty 15-minute gameplay video featuring the Ranger was released earlier this year. The Kickstarter page has also been updated with a few new screenshots showing off the new HUD.