InXile's post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 will be ready for release in August, the developer announced today.
Wasteland 2 is a sequel to the original Wasteland released in 1988; it was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2012. The game is currently available as an Early Access title. According to game designer Brian Fargo, feedback from the beta has been beneficial, and he's "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 hour+ game experience that has diversity from beginning to end," Fargo said. "My goal has been to over deliver on our backer's expectations for Wasteland 2."
Earlier this month, inXile announced that it would reveal the game's launch date before the end of May. The date marks the end of a three-month plan outlined in February, suggested that the developer was focused only on addressing bugs. According to a blog post from Fargo, the game is "internally feature complete, but not feature locked."
"What that means is that every feature is in our dev builds but we're still testing functionality, gameplay balance impact and even quality," Fargo said. "If a feature is not good enough, we'll cut it, but if fan feedback and internal review indicates it's vital, we'll double down on it. But the main focus for the new few months lies with balancing, optimizing and of course mercilessly hunting down bugs.
"But we are not yet in full lock-down, it is important for us to stay flexible for iterations as we keep learning from the backer beta."
Wasteland 2 is being developed for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. The developer recently released a new update to the beta that adds the game's final Arizona areas.