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Game News Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Update #58: On the balance patch, and inXile's next game

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Tags: Chris Keenan; InXile Entertainment; Wasteland 2

Some of you may have noticed that inXile have been soliciting balancing feedback for Wasteland 2 over the past few weeks. Some may also have guessed that they're not asking for it without reason. Today's Kickstarter update officially confirms that a small team of developers, including lead designer Chris Keenan, continue to work on a major balancing patch for Wasteland 2. And not just that, but they've also begun work on inXile's next game! I quote:

Hello again Rangers!

Wasteland 2 has been out for just a few months now and we continue to be very humbled with the love it's been getting from our backers and fans! It’s been great going on Twitter and our forums, reading your comments and experiences in the wasteland. There are quite a few creative custom parties running around Arizona and Los Angeles…

We’ve released three major patches since the last Kickstarter update, with over a thousand improvements to the game. The team has tackled things like major optimization passes, UI usability improvements, as well as tracking down bugs. Wasteland 2 is an incredibly large and complex game, with many moving parts, and we've been working down to the smallest details (including typos).

Many of the talented team members at inXile who worked on Wasteland 2 have moved full time on to Torment: Tides of Numenera, but we still have a dedicated crew giving Wasteland 2 the love and attention it deserves. Amongst other things, we intend to do a serious balance pass in the future that should tighten up some of the loose ends. This process will easily take a month to complete (have I mentioned this game is massive?) so we will need a solid window of time to complete it between updates.

Along with continued tuning of Wasteland 2, myself and a few others at the studio are beginning to work on another RPG that has been passionately demanded of us for a while now! It’s still quite early in the process, but we will have more news on that in the New Year.
Passionately demanded, eh? Can I assume that means Bard's Tale 4? Also, I wonder if this Wasteland 2 balance pass will end up including aimed shots or not. I guess we'll see! Check out the rest of the update for information on the game's Collector's Edition, which is finally shipping out.
 

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A month huh? It's taking Larian 5+ months. Though it depends on the extent of the rebalancing.

Hopefully inXile is smarter about it. You're American, don't let me down.
 

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Wouldnt it be cool if Fargo had managed to get the rights to Baldur's Gate? Or maybe a proper Bard's Tale!
 

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Fargo already owns The Bards Tale trademark. He however does not own the IP of the original Bards Tale (EA owns that).
 

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The spirit of Bard's Tale melted with the time traveling rpg.

My money. All of it. I'll live in a tent in the woods to throw even more at it.

I feel a sudden urge to hunt down nazis in berlin with monks and warriors clad in chain mail again.
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Like I told Chris Keenan on Twitter recently, I really hope they're working on a proper new Bard's Tale. Like, omg pretty please.
 

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K, Brother None, I see that mention that the DRM-Free disk will include the latest patches. Will you hold on on the printing until after you're done with all the patching and rebalancing?
Seems pointless to send a disk with only half the patches on it.
 

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Along with continued tuning of Wasteland 2, myself and a few others at the studio are beginning to work on another RPG that has been passionately demanded of us for a while now! It’s still quite early in the process, but we will have more news on that in the New Year.
Passionately demanded, eh? Can I assume that means Bard's Tale 4?
Yeah, my money is on another Bard's Tale too. It could be a sequel to 2004 Bard's Tale story-wise, but a proper RPG mechanics-wise (although probably not a blobber). I would definitely be interested in a game like that, to be honest, as I quite enjoyed the 2004 game ('Beer! Beer! Beer!') in terms of writing and humour.
 

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K, Brother None, I see that mention that the DRM-Free disk will include the latest patches. Will you hold on on the printing until after you're done with all the patching and rebalancing?
Seems pointless to send a disk with only half the patches on it.
Yeah more or less, we held off on those so we could ship a more patched up version. Don't feel like there's much rush with those and the people getting them would probably appreciate little-to-any need to patch. I don't know about "all" but we'll probably hold off for at least one or two more major patches.
 

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Cool. As far as I'm concerned you can print them exactly after Fargo says "k, fags, we're done with this shit gaem" and puts a stop to any work on it.
 

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a proper RPG mechanics-wise (although probably not a blobber)

That'd be like making an isometric Wizardry.

If they feel like making another iso RPG, they should go for Meantime or any other franchise, not BT. Unless they specifically want me to hate them, of course. :P
 

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YES! Waitland 2 box is finally in my hands. Or as Koch Media has writen WATELAND.

I personally hope for the comeback of 'The Bard', perhaps within Scarabrea with a party and with proper RPG mechanics and a good not linear story. The Bard was the best funny character that i have ever met in a cRPG.
And as always i choose me, because this is a very logical choice and an excellent one.
 

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They will take another vote, the pendulum will swing, and we will get BT RTwP and cooldowns.

On a more serious note, it makes good sense to reuse, revamp, refine the WL2, TToN combat and I imagine that will factor in decisions.
 

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YES! Waitland 2 box is finally in my hands. Or as Koch Media has writen WATELAND.

I personally hope for the comeback of 'The Bard', perhaps within Scarabrea with a party and with proper RPG mechanics and a good not linear story. The Bard was the best funny character that i have ever met in a cRPG.
And as always i choose me, because this is a very logical choice and an excellent one.

Post some pics...
 

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