Wasteland 1 Coming to GOG and Steam

Wasteland 1 Coming to GOG and Steam

Wasteland cover

Wasteland, the post-apocalyptic RPG that inspired Fallout, is getting a separate release after all.

It was good news and bad news last year when Brian Fargo announced that Wasteland 2, currently in the works at inXile Entertainment, would include a copy of the original Wasteland - but that under EA's terms of licensing, it wouldn't be re-released as a stand-alone game. Today, however, it's all good news.

"As you may know, we had a deal in place with EA to give all our Wasteland 2 backers (including late backers) a copy of Wasteland 1, which was to be integrated and launched from the game's menu like the original Bard's Tale trilogy into the new Bard's Tale," Fargo wrote in the latest Wasteland 2 Kickstarter update.

"We recently went to talk with EA to try and get it out in a different, separate format, and they accommodated our idea," he continued. "We've now inked a new deal where we'll be able to release Wasteland 1 separately. After getting the game in our hands and ensuring it runs on modern machines, we plan to distribute it FOR FREE to all our backers before Wasteland 2's release, as well as sell it on GOG.com and Steam."

No date or pricing info has been released but the simple fact that it's happening is pretty exciting news. Wasteland is a seriously retro slice of gaming by any measure, but it's a great game (even if only from a historical perspective) that's been out of the reach of gamers for far too long.

Oh, and since we're talking about it, here are a few new Wasteland 2 screens and a character portrait to enjoy. Enjoy!

Wasteland 2 is currently expected to be out in October.

Source: Kickstarter

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Sweeeet. I'm excited to hell for Wasteland 2. I'll definitely be picking up the first one but I doubt I'll play it. Its a bit too old school for me.

Beffudled Sheep:
Sweeeet. I'm excited to hell for Wasteland 2. I'll definitely be picking up the first one but I doubt I'll play it. Its a bit too old school for me.

If you ever tried the old fallout games, it is worth a shot. You may be surprised how fun those really old school games can be.

On another note, I had completely forgotten about wasteland 2. Lookin' good so for.

Quazimofo:

Beffudled Sheep:
Sweeeet. I'm excited to hell for Wasteland 2. I'll definitely be picking up the first one but I doubt I'll play it. Its a bit too old school for me.

If you ever tried the old fallout games, it is worth a shot. You may be surprised how fun those really old school games can be.

On another note, I had completely forgotten about wasteland 2. Lookin' good so for.

I have and I just can't get into them. I managed to enjoy the second a little bit but I get my ass kicked way too often hehe.
I'll give them another few dozen or so shots and see if I can get my skill up/

Beffudled Sheep:

Quazimofo:

Beffudled Sheep:
Sweeeet. I'm excited to hell for Wasteland 2. I'll definitely be picking up the first one but I doubt I'll play it. Its a bit too old school for me.

If you ever tried the old fallout games, it is worth a shot. You may be surprised how fun those really old school games can be.

On another note, I had completely forgotten about wasteland 2. Lookin' good so for.

I have and I just can't get into them. I managed to enjoy the second a little bit but I get my ass kicked way too often hehe.
I'll give them another few dozen or so shots and see if I can get my skill up/

just look up how to get followers. if you manage to get the whole set in fallout 1 (since there is no limit), Everything but mariposa is much easier. Especially if you save-scum. That'll solve the difficulty bit to an extent. Fallout is a bit different from more recent rpg trends though, so I can see if it's odd adjusting to this style. Just think about it more like a tabletop RPG and go like that.
To clarify, Mariposa is the last area (or penultimate, you need to hit 2 spots). in the game where if you don't have power armor mutants will 1 shot you with miniguns if you try to shoot your way in.

LOL at the train, I double looked at that to make sure I actually saw what I thought I saw.

fucking pumpedddd for this game though, it's looking great and can't wait to sink my teeth into it.

Quazimofo:

Beffudled Sheep:

Quazimofo:

If you ever tried the old fallout games, it is worth a shot. You may be surprised how fun those really old school games can be.

On another note, I had completely forgotten about wasteland 2. Lookin' good so for.

I have and I just can't get into them. I managed to enjoy the second a little bit but I get my ass kicked way too often hehe.
I'll give them another few dozen or so shots and see if I can get my skill up/

just look up how to get followers. if you manage to get the whole set in fallout 1 (since there is no limit), Everything but mariposa is much easier. Especially if you save-scum. That'll solve the difficulty bit to an extent. Fallout is a bit different from more recent rpg trends though, so I can see if it's odd adjusting to this style. Just think about it more like a tabletop RPG and go like that.
To clarify, Mariposa is the last area (or penultimate, you need to hit 2 spots). in the game where if you don't have power armor mutants will 1 shot you with miniguns if you try to shoot your way in.

I've read the fallout wiki for the first two games so I know all about the areas, story and enemies. I just have an unfortunate habit of accidentally attacking someone I'm not supposed to and having the entire town jump down my throat at a low level.

Having played most of the Fallout series (except for Tactics and the other which shall not be named), I'm interested to add more old-school cRPGs into my library. I'm ashamed that I haven't started/finished the other franchises like Torment, Icewind Dale or Baldur's Gate yet. They take too long and sure can kick the player's arse. Not that that's a bad thing. :P

Looking forward to Wasteland 2 and will definitely get the first one when it's available digitally.

I was kind of interested until I saw EA were attached to this, so I'm not going to be picking up the first game at least. I just hope that they aren't involved with Wasteland 2 as it looks like a decent game.

Wasteland 2 definitely looks like a way to be old school Fallout without using the name. Furthermore, I'm STILL astounded at how great games on the Unity Engine can look despite being developed on a shoestring.

Wasteland is an old, ugly, slow loading game. Although the last issue is probably mitigated by having it in RAM.

It is however a game with a level of player agency that will make most post 2000 productions envious. I certainly understand if most people can't get into it, but I would recommend at least taking a look at some of the let's plays available.

CriticalMiss:
I was kind of interested until I saw EA were attached to this, so I'm not going to be picking up the first game at least. I just hope that they aren't involved with Wasteland 2 as it looks like a decent game.

The only involvement EA has with this is that they currently own the rights to the original Wasteland. The game was made by Interplay and the sequel is made by inXile, the company the Brian Fargo founded after he left Interplay (which he also founded).

Oooooh yeah. Second best news I've heard all day. Glad EA will let them do a separate release, especially one that's not exclusive to Origin.

I played it quite a bit a couple of years ago and to be honest, i think it's a bit rubbish. I love old-school Rpgs, actually i prefer them over post Diablo releases, but i just never saw the appeal in Wasteland.

I played the heck out of the original Wasteland. I've still got my original floppies around here, and even the hint book. It was the second game I really, really got into, right after Starflight. Starflight, by the way, was an EA game, back when EA was much, much smaller company back in 1986.

So stoked for Wasteland 2, looking forward to it!

CriticalMiss:
I was kind of interested until I saw EA were attached to this, so I'm not going to be picking up the first game at least. I just hope that they aren't involved with Wasteland 2 as it looks like a decent game.

well it was published by EA before they became bastards inc.

im a backer but as far as i can tell they got the rights from EA to make the second game and EA isnt involved.

Bostur:
Wasteland is an old, ugly, slow loading game. Although the last issue is probably mitigated by having it in RAM.

It is however a game with a level of player agency that will make most post 2000 productions envious. I certainly understand if most people can't get into it, but I would recommend at least taking a look at some of the let's plays available.

i know what you mean. i give modern players total play time of it to be in the minutes once they start it.

I haven't played the first Wasteland so with Wasteland 2 in the near future I think it's the opportune time for me to check the previous game out.

Now the only question is if I will tolerate the older graphics.

That is cool. To see the value add and know I will essentially be getting a second game for backing. Now if I were not still dismayed knowing that W2 is going to be in this tired and worn out isometric view that effectively kills any sort of ambition I had to play it.

I do not have to have bleeding edge graphics. But isometric viewpoint is perhaps the easiest way to counter immersion, if not its very definition.

Is it turn based combat? Similar to xcom enemy unknown? I might give this a look. What year was it released?

bjj hero:
Is it turn based combat? Similar to xcom enemy unknown? I might give this a look. What year was it released?

I'll give you a hint. I bought 'Wasteland' at Electronics Boutique (I think) and played it on my Commodore 64. Many. Many. Times.

I have no knowledge of W2. In 'Wasteland', there is even a secret area that strongly implies that 'Wasteland 2' is coming soon... some 20-odd years ago? And apparently it was not. But that may have been a good thing. 'Wasteland' was something like the original Ultima; your screen was half map and half text. Yes, combat was turn-based, and there was a nifty arsenal, some good storytelling, and a bit at the end that demanded that the player come up with something unusual to proceed.

One of the things that I thought very cool about 'Wasteland'. It came with a companion booklet that described certain areas and events. And just to prevent players from reading ahead to figure out what they should do, the book came complete with fake entries that were never alluded to by the game. They were either nonsensical or deliberately misleading.

KarlMonster:

bjj hero:
Is it turn based combat? Similar to xcom enemy unknown? I might give this a look. What year was it released?

I'll give you a hint. I bought 'Wasteland' at Electronics Boutique (I think) and played it on my Commodore 64. Many. Many. Times.

I have no knowledge of W2. In 'Wasteland', there is even a secret area that strongly implies that 'Wasteland 2' is coming soon... some 20-odd years ago? And apparently it was not. But that may have been a good thing. 'Wasteland' was something like the original Ultima; your screen was half map and half text. Yes, combat was turn-based, and there was a nifty arsenal, some good storytelling, and a bit at the end that demanded that the player come up with something unusual to proceed.

One of the things that I thought very cool about 'Wasteland'. It came with a companion booklet that described certain areas and events. And just to prevent players from reading ahead to figure out what they should do, the book came complete with fake entries that were never alluded to by the game. They were either nonsensical or deliberately misleading.

So more like laser squad then? I played that to death. Hot seat muptplayer was awesome.

EA playing nice? How very strange. I'll gladly snag a copy if it's cheap enough. I remember playing this game as a child and enjoying it quite a bit. I'm sure it hasn't aged well at all. I wonder.......I bet if I poke around some boxes stuffed in the back of my close I'll find the original disc.

 

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