'Wasteland 2' Expands Post-Release Update Plans

Wasteland 2 Visual Facelift Update

Wasteland 2, the popular crowdfunded RPG by InXile Entertainment, is getting set to receive even more post-release updates. Not satisfied with sitting idle even after the game's huge success when it first launched on Kickstarter, InXile has announced that their title is getting a visual facelift in addition to a few other enhancements.

After releasing the sixth patch for Wasteland 2, which added items like Steam achievements to Mac and Linux machines, project lead Chris Keenan took to the game’s Kickstarter page to update fans and backers alike with InXile's plans on how they're looking to keep Wasteland 2 fresh with post-release updates and content. "Part of the newfound freedom we’ve gained from being an exclusively crowdfunded company is that it allows us to offer a high level of post-release support," Keenan wrote.

One of the first major updates to hit the title is going to be to the game's already impressive visuals. The team has already started moving the engine from Unity 4.5 to 5 which promises to enhance a number of aspects being used in the game such as physically based shading.

Wasteland 2 players will also be happy to note that moving the game to Unity 5 will also present additional opportunities for improved modding. Modders will find enhanced tools available for use without having to first spend thousands of dollars on a Unity Pro license.

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In addition to enhanced modding tools and new visuals, Keenan also went on to hint that the team was working on additional game improvements and gameplay modifications though no specifics were given at the time of the post.

"As well as visual improvements, we have quite a few quirky tricks up our sleeves. The character system is getting perked up and will include some new elements to modify gameplay. Of course, more details will be released in the future so stay tuned!"

It's always nice to see a Kickstarter success story refuse to just sit back and relax even after earning over two times what they were asking for. By supporting the players and giving fans more of what they want, a project like this validates the idea of what Kickstarter is supposed to represent: fans helping developers make the game they want to play with financial support. By the amount of financial success Wasteland 2 achieved, it's clear that fans wanted another entry in the dormant franchise.

It took 26 years, but Wasteland 2 is the sequel to the classic RPG franchise which originally released back in 1988. Longtime PC gamers may remember the first game as being the first title to use the post-apocalyptic setting and how it also came on a now long forgotten media, the floppy disk. Players can grab a copy now on PC, Mac, and Linux after the game launched back in September.

Source: Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Update

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