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Wasteland 2's special edition, console version launch Oct. 13

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The special edition planned for Wasteland 2 has a launch date: Oct. 13. Originally called a game-of-the-year edition, it's now titled Wasteland 2 Director's Cut.

Anyone who already owns Wasteland 2's digital edition for Linux, Mac or Windows OS will get the Director's Cut for free. It will also launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (representing the first version to hit those consoles) on Oct. 13.

The Director's Cut upgrades the game's engine to Unity 5, which improves environments, lighting and character models. In gameplay, it adds "precision strikes" with which players can target a foe's body parts; a series of perks to choose as one levels up, and "quirks" which are "gameplay-modifying personality traits and characteristics for your squad." More feature additions are promised.

"We're now in the home stretch of development," inXile Entertainment, Wasteland 2's developing studio, said in an update on the game's original Kickstarter page. "Our final tasks in the several weeks before final release include polishing up the game as much as we can, including tweaks, optimizations, fixes and balance adjustments." They also uploaded four new screenshots for the game.

Wasteland 2 was one of the first big successes of Kickstarter, beginning its crowdfunding campaign in March 2012 and beating its $1 million goal with a total of $2.9 million raised, still good for ninth on the list of crowdfunded game projects.