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Game News Fargo being serious about crowdfunding Wasteland 2

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Zed, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator Patron

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    uh..... well fuck me running. There might be some hope after all?
     
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  2. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    FIXED :smug:
     
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  3. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator Patron

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    He should contact and work with Obsidian on this. Period.
     
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    :bro:
     
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  5. Country_Gravy Arcane Patron

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    Damn...I read the headline as "Crowdfucking"

    I must be one sick bastard.
     
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  6. PorkaMorka Arcane

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    You are right that 1 million dollars is not an AAA budget, although I think you are mistaken if you think that $20 million represents the median budget of an AAA game.

    My point was that setting the minimum budget at one million dollars illustrates that this game is probably going to suffer from the wasteful obsession with graphics and sound that are endemic to modern commercial games. I feel like you would get more bang for your buck if you funded some other developers who are more divorced from that mindset.

    I probably could have expressed it better, admittedly.
     
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  7. Roguey Arcane Sawyerite Sawyerist Sawyer's Bride No Fun Allowed

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    I'm not so sure. It was in development for 3.5 years and had some pretty detailed death animations, and a few talking NPCs. Wikipedia citing Game development and production claims the average game budget in 2000 was 1-3 million with an additional 250k-1.5 million on marketing. It seems likely that it was closer to a million than not.

    Edit: After digging around, I found an interview with Richard Garriott from 1992 where he mentions that Ultima 7 cost a million dollars to develop. And where the money went:
    G: "It took 25 person-years to develop Ultima VII. We about had 8
    programmers, 4 artists, 4 writers, 4 TDA's (Technical Design
    Assistants), 2 audio engineers, myself, and Michelle (production
    assistant). That's basically it. The group fluctuated a little, and
    it was as high as 30 for a while, and lemme tell ya, that's a nightmare
    to manage."

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/97413-Study-Claims-Average-Game-Budget-Is-23-Million
     
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  8. almondblight Arcane

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    Seriously? Read what he said again. Old school vibe doesn't mean anything. Top down/isometric probably means Bards tale iOS type action game. Stats means, level up, and shoot faster.

    Here's Fargo on his Bard's Tale remake:

    "And specific to the console side, we're bringing more of the PC attitude to a console RPG. That is, not linear, different players get different experiences depending on their party mix, the feats that they focused on, the route that they played the game (because things get cut off depending on the route that you take). So we're bringing more of that kind of experience. Plus the old classic secret doors, and darkness areas, and magic mouths -- kind of the classic D&D PC RPG stuff, which has been minimalistic at best (on consoles), if it exists."

    http://archive.gamespy.com/interviews/october03/fargo/index2.shtml
     
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  9. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator Patron

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    That doesn't really mean much towards his Wasteland 2 project. All his games with inexile had a publisher and publisher/marketing department demands that is be the same fucking boring formula "Console! Awesome buttan! mass accessible! action game!" etc etc.

    When you are told (and paid) to make turd soup, there's not really much you can do.
     
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  10. almondblight Arcane

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    "You can trust me guys! All that shit I said before were just lies!"

    The idea is, when he said that game was old classic PC RPG stuff, he was just spinning because he wanted the money. But now that he says the same thing while looking at kickstart cash, we should assume that he's not doing the same? Why not? We like to pretend that the publisher has their guns to developers heads, but Troika was still able to release stat-heavy turn based games and games with branching storylines. What has Fargo attempted? When was the last time he designed a halfway decent game?

    This thing sounds like it could be more of a sequel to Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
     
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  11. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator Patron

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    eh I'm still sold if it's isometric, skill/stat, and party based. I however have no faith at all about his current team at Inexile (how much experience have any of them in making actual cRPG's, as in Obsidian who has lot's of people from BIS). Also the term "probably isometric" is bothering. We don't need any more shitty FPS post apoc shooters that think they are RPG's.

    Anyways it's all more speculation till we here the exact specifics. I'll need to know more before they get my money. If the would however work with Obsidian on this TAKE MY MONEY PLEASE!
     
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  12. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    Add DoubleBear 's Dead State and this post would be perfect.
     
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  13. Cabazone Educated

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    Why would someone hope to see him cooperate with obsidian ? Fargo is the Romero of RPG, he was good in a certain time, in a certain context; they are gone. I don't really see what he can bring on the table.
     
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  14. commie The Last Marxist Patron

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    Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Divinity: Original Sin 2
    But what is the problem with having decent graphics and sound? AoD certainly looks better than most games from the 90's. Should they have gone down with Ultima 4 tile sprites instead? Would that help or hinder their sales even among the monocled here? Now if they want to go all Bioware in presentation then you may have a point, but having at least a somewhat decent budget so the game looks ok and conveys the relevant information and atmosphere should be essential even in an indie title.

    InXile though can suck dogs' balls. You may as well get Infinity Ward to make an RPG, although to be fair I enjoyed InXile's Choplifter 'remake'...
     
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  15. J_C One Bit Studio Patron Developer

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    Seeing that even the monocled Codexers complain about graphics all the time, I bet they wouldn't touch a game with Ultima 4 graphics in this day and age. I ceratinly wouldn't. Being monocled is one thing, but the game should have M&M6 or Ultima 7 graphics at least.
     
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  16. thesisko Emissary

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    It would require a lot less people to reproduce a similar game today (and with better graphics). Development tools are an order of magnitude better, there are existing assets to use for a lot of things and you don't have to worry about constraints on hardware if you're making a low-end game. Aside from the writers (and I doubt they all worked full-time), you could probably use just a handful of people for the rest of the stuff.

    Fargo shouldn't start out asking for that much money. He should have start with the absolute minimum required to realize a game like Wasteland today and then used any additional cash on production values. By asking for $1M right of the bat, it seems like he's only interested in making something that will be profitable beyond the costs of development. Essentially, it seems like he's interested in Kickstarter because it'll get him more money than a publisher deal.
     
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  17. Morkar illiterate

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    Guys, what do you expect from a Wasteland 2? I imagine something like Fallout with a fully controllable party. Does somebody know how much development costs Fallout 1 had?
     
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  18. thesisko Emissary

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    The total budget of Fallout isn't very interesting here since I would assume that the bulk of the budget went to the animations/talking heads/voice-acting/CGI-cutscenes and all of those could be removed from the game without making it much different.
     
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  19. Morkar illiterate

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    I think expectations are damn high even if it's a oldschool game. Games such as Fallout and BG set the marks pretty high and I assume people expect something of equal quality.
    10 people working on it for 1 year at 40,000 $ salary (not much) = 400.000 €. A good game would need 2 years I guess plus some additional money for random stuff and marketing. Sounds that reasonable? How much people worked on Fallout fulltime?
     
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  20. thesisko Emissary

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    No that doesn't sound very reasonable at all.
    What you're describing would be like Schafer asking for $1M right of the bat and people expecting a modern version of "Day of the Tentacle".
     
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  21. Morkar illiterate

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    To be honest, regarding to adventures I fully expect something like Day of the Tentacle. Why should I not? It's mainly about creativity, the tech has even less advanced in adventure games than in rpgs. Sure, it might be not as good as DotT but I expect it in a similar class. Why even bother with him making an adventure if he can't deliver a very good one. There are already good ones available without having me to "fund" them.
     
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  22. nihil Augur

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    This sounds great. You have to remember that Brian Fargo has been businessman first, game designer second on the last few games (anyone saw the Matt Chat episode?). If this Kickstarter allows him to put the businessman in the backseat, there might be hope. As Gamasutra put it in their coverage:

    I'm optimistic this time.
     
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  23. Nope Scholar

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    I'm not sure I understand this whole "if the entire team hasn't made a game on par with Fallout they shouldn't even try to make a CRPG" viewpoint. A great deal of the people working on some of the classics were fairly new to development them from what I recall.
    You just have to look at Meretzky, Bob Bates, Steve Barcia and Brian Reynolds current work to know that even great designers can make shit if that's what their companies require of them.
    I'm not really sure if Schafer and Gilbert's Point & Click is as comparable in price point since the genre itself is a lot more linear than most cRPGs and it seems to have an abundance of well-developed engines with good licensing terms to pick and choose from.
     
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  24. Gakkone pretty cool guy eh Patron

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    Not to mention their plans of developing it "over a six-to-eight month period". Would totally work for an rpg, right?
     
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  25. Text Adventurer Novice

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    Maybe it's nostalgia, but I adored Wasteland back in the day. Being a pen-and-paper RPGer back then, it reminded me of Gamma World (and the Road Warrior). It was doing things I'd never seen in CRPGs before. Sure it was kind of like Bard's Tale with guns, but it was (for me) the first CRPG to do that.
     
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