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It looks like Wasteland 2 finally has a countdown to the apocalypse as inXile Entertainment announces and August launch window for the PC RPG. As an additional bonus for those who are already looking to the wastes for fame, fortune or escape, the Steam Early Access beta has received a new update that makes all of Arizona available for play.
Living smack-dab in the middle of Arizona, I can tell you that most of the state already looks exactly what you would expect out of a post-apocalyptic setting. It's hot, dirty and desolate, yet mankind has (for reasons I can't quite fathom), decided that this would be a decent place to set up shop. So for those of you who want to experience all of those “fun times” in digital form, make sure you jump on the Wasteland 2 Early Access beta. Otherwise, it looks like you'll be waiting until the end of summer to start playing the game, namely sometime in August.
As is becoming more and more frequently the case, Wasteland 2, which serves as a precursor to the Fallout series, was made possible through crowd-funding via Kickstarter. Apparently there were quite a few people out there who like the idea of fighting for survival, scrounging for scraps and picking off the occasional bandit or grotesque mutant. According to inXile Entertainment's Brian Fargo, the team can't wait for players to have the opportunity to lead their own group of Rangers on a quest to aid the last remaining strands of humanity in the nuclear fallout.
“It's exciting to be in the home stretch on a game I've been wanting to get for the last two decades,” Fargo said. “The feedback from our backers on the early beta has been great and I'm proud of the way Wasteland 2 is shaping up. The scope of the game is immense, with a word count that is greater than The Lord of the Rings novels and a solid 50-plus hour game experience that has diversity from beginning to end.”
One of the many game features Brian Fargo and Co. are touting is the inclusion of “options and choices” in Wasteland 2 that matter. According to the launch announcement, these options give players the chance to have a direct impact on their world, from player creation to credits, with decisions that offer consequences and actually impact the world within the game.
For those of you who are comfortable with playing a game before it's ready for prime time, you can dive into the Early Access build by visiting the Steam Store and plopping down 60 bucks for the Digital Deluxe Edition. The game will, of course, continue to update as more and more fixes/content/mutants get added in. Otherwise, it looks like the wait for Wasteland 2 is nearly drawing to a close, as it's headed our way for PC, Mac and Linux sometime this August.