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inXile to release Wasteland 1 remaster in early 2019, part of new 30th Anniversary Bundle

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inXile to release Wasteland 1 remaster in early 2019, part of new 30th Anniversary Bundle

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 12 June 2018, 15:31:53

Tags: inXile Entertainment; Krome Studios; Mark Morgan; Wasteland 2; Wasteland 3; Wasteland Remastered

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the original Wasteland, inXile have announced their intentions to release a remastered version of the game, coming in early 2019. Wasteland was already kinda-sorta remastered with 2013's "The Original Classic" re-release which featured new portraits and music, but I guess this version will be more comprehensive. The developers are Krome Studios, the same chaps who are now doing The Bard's Tale trilogy remaster. Apparently they've made quite a good impression. The remaster will be part of a new 30th Anniversary Bundle now available on Steam, which also includes the original Wasteland, Wasteland 2 and a few additional goodies including a music track from the upcoming Wasteland 3. Here's the announcement:

inXile Entertainment is proud to announce the Wasteland 30th Anniversary Bundle, a celebration of the video game series which launched the post-apocalyptic genre in video gaming and inspired successors such as the Fallout series. The bundle includes items from across the history of the series, along with two new items - a musical track by Mark Morgan, which represents the first publicly available new content from 2019’s Wasteland 3, and a currently in pre-production 30th anniversary remaster of the original Wasteland by Krome Studios (currently partnered with inXile on a similar remaster of The Bard’s Tale Trilogy).

Items in the Wasteland 30th Anniversary Edition Bundle include:
  • Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic
  • Wasteland - 30th Anniversary Edition remaster (due early 2019)
  • Wasteland 2: Director's Cut
  • Digital Extras:
    - Wasteland 3 Music Track "Frozen Waste"
    - Wasteland 2 Novella: All Bad Things
    - Wasteland 2 Novella: The Earth Transformed Ghost Book One
    - Wasteland 2 Novella: Death Machines Ghost Book Two
    - Wasteland 2 Concept Art Book
    - Wasteland 2 Choir Songs EP
    - Wasteland 2 Original Soundtrack
This bundle will contain all the items listed above and be sold for $44.99, launching at 10% discount in celebration of the game’s anniversary. When Wasteland - 30th Anniversary Edition is released, it will also be added to the libraries of customers who purchased the bundle at no additional cost.

The signature item of this bundle is Wasteland - 30th Anniversary Edition, a remastering of the first game that will feature updated graphics (which maintain the spirit of the original pixel art), run natively in current operating systems and at all current resolutions, and offer other quality of life features. This work is being done by Krome Studios, the team currently behind a similar remastering of The Bard’s Tale Trilogy.

The Wasteland - 30th Anniversary Edition remaster is currently in pre-production, with an expected completion date of early 2019. Anyone who purchases the bundle prior to then will receive the game at no additional cost upon release.​

I imagine there'll be more details about this in the next Wasteland 3 Fig update. According to inXile, unlike the Bard's Tale trilogy remasters, the remastered Wasteland will not be given free to Wasteland 3 backers. I suppose that's fair, they never promised it - but it would be nice if they offered it as a perk for high tier backers at least.

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