News: A team at Obsidian Entertainment, headed up by Chris Avellone, is to join development on Brian Fargo’s Wasteland 2 if a new Kickstarter target is reached.
Chris Avellone has been less than shy about his enthusiasm for Kickstarter post-Double Fine, but nobody quite saw this coming; the Black Isle veteran’s studio, Obsidian Entertainment, will join InXile on development of Wasteland 2.
That is, Obsidian will join development as long as the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter funds can top $2.1m in the last 17 days of the project. It currently rests at a cool $1.7m, so we’ve some work to do yet.
Many of Obsidian’s key staff worked under Fargo when he was king of Interplay in the ’90s – a time in which he signed off on projects with names like Fallout, Planescape: Torment and Baldur’s Gate.
“I have a history with the guys at Obsidian that dates back to the days of Interplay’s Black Isle studios,” Fargo told Rock, Paper, Shotgun. “It is great that we now have a chance to reunite on a project like Wasteland 2.”
“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,” said Chris Avellone. “While I’ve worked on Fallout 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, getting the chance to work on the spiritual successor to the Fallout franchise is a honor.”
Fargo has already said that InXile will look to Fallout as a model for Wasteland 2′s turn-based combat – perhaps this collaboration can make it happen.
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