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Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! Join the over 70,000 Kickstarter backers and interact with the development team to help shape the ending of an already historic post-apocalyptic story. The Wasteland's hellish landscape has been waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.
Release Date: Dec 13, 2013
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Here’s the thing: we’ve got a sequel to the classic Wasteland 1, one of the original RPG's and the godfather of the Fallout™ series. Like the original, this one’s a turn-based, isometric, story-intensive exploration of the radioactive wastes of the American Southwest, heavy on choice and consequence. 20 years we have been waiting for the moment to have a sequel to Wasteland and the moment is near.

Now, time was we could get a publisher to do the beta for us… but like the United States in 2112, those days are long gone, a windswept, radioactive memory. Like the Desert Rangers risin' from the ashes of the old world, we’re building a new community, a new reality for the world as it is: from the Kickstarter community to the Steam community, this new world only works when people are weighing in with their ideas and impressions.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“Final release coming September 19, 2014.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“In many ways, such as UI improvements, more skills, more player choice, more SFX and, of course, more areas to explore.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“A beta of approximately half the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We’re starting out at $59.99 and you’re going to get a lot for your money over time, including a truckload of digital extras, including:

-- A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic
-- A free copy of The Bard's Tale in digital extras
-- Two digital novellas set in The Wasteland world
-- Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 OST in digital format
-- A digital concept art book

* We expect the final release price will be lower, but the digital novellas, OST and concept art book do not come with the standard edition.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“You also are joining our indie dev team. Your participation is going to make this game better.

We’re looking for your input to help us tailor the remainder of the development process into the best experience we can deliver. The audience input has been hugely useful throughout the process, and we want to make sure your voice is heard clear through to the end. Do you see areas where you could improve the art? Systems? Dialogue? Find anything that’s broken? We want to hear it; because we’re going to fix it.

This game’s basically feature-complete. We’re including about half of the game levels so you can see how Wasteland 2 plays: AI, gear, inventory, creatures, line-of-sight, exploration, world-maps, fast travel, dialogue, and more. Oh yeah: you’ll also get to test out the combat system. Hell, that’s a big part of the fun here. We’ve got a cartload of quests, memorable characters, NPCs who’ll be happy to join your party for a price (or for vengeance), and all the explosive fun of a radioactive monk without any of that actual radiation. During this early access phase we’ll be adding even more content in the form of new levels, killer weapons and NPCs and of course fixing those pesky bugs that the programmers put in the code. (We keep telling them to stop putting them in because they’re just going to have to take them out later.)

What’s missing? We still have UI to improve on, more skills to add, more player choice, more SFX and of course more areas to explore and we will hone these elements based on your experiences.

We’re offerin' an Early Access and Kickstarter Backer-exclusive site so you can report bugs and deliver your feedback. This is where you get to interface directly with the development team and shape the direction of the final candidate for release. We’ve been making games for a long time—some of the members of the team were on the original, back in ’87—and our decades of experience have taught us that the best measure of quality is the happiness of the customer.

Help us deliver the quintessential post-apocalyptic RPG.”
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Wasteland 2 manual released

September 9

Check out the digital version of the Wasteland 2 Manual! This 100-page Ranger Field Manual will come printed with physical copies of the game, but we're making it available to everyone to read and enjoy right now. 10 more days to release!

You will find the manual under the "Manual" link in the Wasteland 2 page on your Steam Library, or on Google Drive at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3LlgONcNnMUUnVzRGxiUUJYb2M/edit

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New Combat Trailer

September 4

Be sure to check out the new combat trailer narrated by our own General Vargas:


General Vargas talks us through Wasteland 2’s combat system and all that goes into it. Creating your character and party with the attribute and skill decisions that go into it. Fighting some high-level enemies the wrong way with the wrong party or the right way with the right party. Using environment to your advantage and even using your skills to gain extra allies on your side.

Wasteland 2 will be available for purchase through digital retailers for $40/€40/£35.

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“Wasteland 2 is looking increasingly like one of the most delicious fruits of Kickstarter.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Wasteland 2 is a modern reflection of glorious retro gaming.”

“Wasteland 2 is nothing if not a game all about player agency.”

Early Access Offer

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • A free copy of The Bard's Tale.
  • Two digital novellas set in The Wasteland world.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

The extras can be found in your Steam installation location for Wasteland 2. (e.g. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Wasteland 2)

You also are joining our indie dev team. Your participation is going to make this game better.

About the Game

Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! Join the over 70,000 Kickstarter backers and interact with the development team to help shape the ending of an already historic post-apocalyptic story. The Wasteland's hellish landscape has been waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG and the inspiration behind the Fallout series. Until Wasteland, no other CRPG had ever allowed players to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes or given them the chance to make moral choices that would directly affect the world around them. Wasteland was a pioneer in multi-path problem solving, dripping in choice and consequence and eschewing the typical one-key-per-lock puzzle solving methods of its peers, in favor of putting the power into players’ hands to advance based on their own particular play style.

The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save you. Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone and get ready for maximum destruction with the RPG-style character advancement and customization that made the first Wasteland so brutal. Save an ally from certain death or let them perish – the choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Key Features

  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Don't feel like finding the key for a door? Why not try a Rocket Launcher! Basically the same thing... right?
  • Enhanced Classic RPG Game Play: Classic RPG game play ideas updated with modern design philosophies.
  • Decision Making... with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity to the players choices, every decision matters in the outcome of the story.
  • Huge & Customizable: Dozens of hours of game. Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on your Rangers' appearance. Over 150 weapons. Dozens of skills. Even the UI can be customized.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 300 Series or Radeon equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or Radeon equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space

Linux System Requirements

    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
102 of 139 people (73%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
29 June 2014


Wasteland 2 has been Early Access for some time now and those of you who remember the awesome Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics, I can confidently say that this is the true successor unlike Fallout 3 which was Elder Scrolls Oblivion with guns.


The first thing classic Fallout veterans will notice is the transition from 2D to 3D and it’s great to finally explore the Post Apocalyptic world and watch all the action from any angle you choose. The world itself is suitably detailed and the animations are great and more than adequate for the job. Although there are games with better graphics, Wastelands 2 is all about the gameplay which I’ll cover later in more detail.


Voice acting is great and the music fits nicely with the theme. Sound effects including weapon effects, enemies during encounters and items are again more than suitable.

So far so good but this game is £39.99 in Early Access and it seems to be okay so far .... so why would anyone pay such a large amount of money for a game that’s not yet complete?


This is where Wasteland 2 more than earns the right for such a high retail price. When you first start the game you have the choice to create your team (highly recommended) and the list of abilities that your character can develop in are great,

Barter, Pistol, Shotgun, First-Aid, Heavy Weapons, Surgeon, Weapon Smithing, Toaster Repair, Melee, Blunt Weapons, Safe Cracking, Alarm Disarming and more. All of which require skill points to master that are awarded upon levelling up.

Characters can be equipped with 2 weapons, primary and a secondary (Sniper Rifle and a Pistol side arm for example) and be fitted it with various Armour and Trinkets (Literally thousands of combinations). There are over 150 Weapons in the game and the fire-arms can also be modified with the use of weapon smithing to increase accuracy or decrease the chances of stoppages.

The Wasteland world has lots to interact with too (Objects highlighted in Green), even more points of interest to add to the immersion (Objects highlighted in Brown) and how you interact is up to you, use a lock pick to open the door or a rocket launcher the choice is always yours.

The desolate world is also filled with NPC’s and some are offering lots of information via an interesting chat system (certain words will be highlighted and added to your vocabulary to enquire about as the conversation proceeds).

Wasteland 2 is also full of decisions and consequences, some are small like attempting to pick a lock early on with low skill level can destroy the lock forever to much bigger decisions that will decide the fate of entire towns and NPC’s, who you decide to save or let die is up to you but you’ll inevitably have to face the consequences later on.

Now onto Enemy encounters, this is probably my favourite part as I’m a big fan of tactical combat. Once you encounter Enemies the game will switch from free roaming to turn-based where you’ll have a set number of AP (Action Points ) to use on movement, crouching, reloading, unjamming weapons, single round shots and burst fire.

Different weapons have a different effects too, Shotguns have a wider spread to hit multiple enemies whilst Sniper Rifles will have the ability to penetrate and hit another enemy in depth, killing two with one round and let’s not forget the animations, lots of gore and I was able to blow one guy clean in half with a Shotgun and watch him crawl around on his hands.

I’ll be honest in saying that I’m only about 7/8 hours into the game so far but it’s got me hooked which is a rarity as I tend to bounce back and forth from game to game (I even annoy myself sometimes), the game is also not without bugs (the odd graphical glitch) and some of the voice acting is still to be added but that’s Early Access for you.

Pros so far

1 True successor to fallout 2

2 Character customization

3 Game altering decisions

4 Great turn based combat

Cons so far

The usual bugs normally found in early Access


Fantastic game but is it worth £39.99........ If like me you loved Fallout 2 then definitely, it’s the sequel I’ve been waiting years for, luckily for me I picked it up during the Steam Sale for around £25 which I’m more than happy about, feel free to comment and I hope you enjoyed my review.

Score so far

Posted: June 29
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38 of 49 people (78%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Woe to any game that comes out between September and early 2015 - Wasteland 2 is the old school CRPG we've all been waiting for. The beta still has some beta wonkiness, but the game that is emerging is everything I hoped it would be. The systems strike the nifty balance of being both deep and intuitive, and I can't say enough good things about the writing. Long and the rest of the writing team might just have crafted one of the best written RPGs in history. The tone is super specific and unique, and there is just an embarrassment of writing riches.

Wasteland 2 doesn't feel like a throwback. It feels like a modern game that evolved naturally in some alternate universe where cRPGs never went out of style. This is an easy Desert Island Game for me. And it isn't even done yet!
Posted: June 20
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40 of 54 people (74%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Review as of 06/20/14 (Early Access).

- Immersive world
- Fun turn-based combat
- Game choices that directly affect the game
- Great soundtrack and sound effects.

- Bugs bugs bugs. The game is still in Early Access so that's expected.
- Difficulty. This game wants to be faithful to its roots. Don't expect an easy game.

8/10 (Early Access score)
Posted: June 20
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
70.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I'm not a big fan pf paying for "early access", However, being a huge Fallout fan, and loving everything post apocalyptic, (well most everything, if its done well I should say), I went ahead and paid the 60$. I'm not unhappy with my purchase, sure there are things that need fixed, its a beta that should be expected. But, you are able to see where the game is going, what is being done, and how its all getting put together. All of which I find very enlightening.
I'm very excited to be part of the beta, and I'm really looking forward to the finished product. I think people will be rather surprised and satisfied with Wasteland 2 once its complete. If you don't have an extra 60$ burning a hole in your pocket, then wait till the finished game comes out, it won't cost as much and you'll get the finished game. Its not like its an MMO so the beta people like myself won't be getting any type of advantage over you. But, if you do have some extra cash and feel like investing in a good game, (it is tax return season), then getting in on the Beta might not be a bad idea.
Posted: March 30
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Remember Wasteland?

1988, a pivotal year towards the close of the last century.
Arnold Schwarzenegger discovered that Danny Devito was his long lost twin.
Tom Cruise encouraged Dustin Hoffman to play a little blackjack and George Bush senior had just been voted into office.
A fact which I'm sure had no bearing on the emergence of a brand new gaming genre, the post apocalyptic RPG.

Let's not Fall Out over it!

The original Wasteland was a ground-breaking title back in the day with recruitable NPC's populating a persistent world. This is something we take for granted in RPG's today, but back in the pink and blue neon haze of the 80's this was unheard-of.

Even if you haven't heard of the original Wasteland, I'm certain you'll be familiar with the Fall Out franchise. A franchise which would probably not exist had wasteland not come before.

In the "meantime"

It was nearly 10 years after Wastelands release before we got our hands on its spiritual successor Fallout.
Sequels were planned for Wasteland but they never quite came to fruition, but now thanks to a little thing called kick starter and loyal fans with long memories ...

Apocalypse Now

... We have the imminent and long overdue release of Wasteland 2.
After 26 years lost in the wilderness, expectations are high, but are we in danger of placing Wasteland 2 on a pedestal, expecting too much and inevitably about to face disappointment when September 19th rolls around?

Four Rangers and a Funeral

After hitting the play button for the first time you'll find yourself at the character creation screen.
Here you'll find more stats and options than you could shake an iguana on a stick at, with skills ranging from animal whisperer to toaster repair.

Prepare to spend an unhealthy amount of time agonising over the attributes and skills sets for your posse of wannabe rangers.
Not that this isn't fun, It's a good kind of agony trying to build your perfect team but if this kind of stat tweaking isn't for you, there is a roster of pre-built characters all lined up like puppies in a pound waiting for you to give them a new home in your squad.

Once you've settled on what you hope is a complimentary skill set for your four rangers you'll be treated to a highly atmospheric cinematic which cleverly fills in a little of the back story for the desert rangers and leaves your group standing around the fresh grave of a fallen comrade.

Ace in the Hole

The writing on the makeshift coffin reads "Born a man, died a desert ranger"
It's here that the game starts as "Ace" is laid to rest and you're team picks up his failed assignment.
It's this assignment that will be your first thread of the main quest that you will follow through Wasteland 2.

Triffid or not Triffid, That is the Question

After some interesting conversations with the NPCS at the graveside you'll head off on your first mission and it's here that the first moral choice hits hard and fast.
There's a distress signal from Highpool, a community under attack, they need your help, then almost immediately another from the nearby agricultural centre that's having some "plant problems", you'll only have time to try to save one, but which....
It's decisions like this which really make Wasteland 2 come alive, whatever you choose will have repercussions, you're a part of this dying world and your choices matter.

We come in peace, Shoot to Kill

The tough decisions don't all come in the form of moral choices either. The turn based combat present here will test your tactical decision making too. You'll be glad you spent all that time tweaking your stats and skills and matching your weapon load outs to your strengths when bad guys, gals, animals and plants come for you.
When they do come, they'll look great. you'll find crisp detailed graphics and atmospheric audio in Wasteland 2 which makes every encounter a vivid experience.

The end of the world never looked so good.

It's The End of the World as we know it

The experience InXile are creating here is shaping up to be one of the most interesting RPG's in a very, very long time.
At the time of writing the game is still in Beta, although you wouldn't know it, the experience to be had in the first few hours of play is already highly entertaining and very polished.

If you remember, earlier in this preview I expressed my concern that anticipation for this release is too high and that it can only lead to disappointment.
So how do I feel about this now, after I've actually played the game?

I Feel Fine

From my experience with the beta, the answer to this question is a resounding No. Wasteland 2 is everything I'm looking for in a crunchy RPG and I love it.
This is going to be something special. I'm genuinely excited for the release of this title and I'm certain I'll be sinking an ungodly amount of time into the wastes over the coming weeks.

It's time to rediscover the Wasteland

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Posted: September 10
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2,488 of 3,225 people (77%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
EDIT: This review was originally a thumbs down. To see my original post, read below.

I originally didn't recommend the EARLY ACCESS version of Wasteland 2 for several reasons but the main point was it being nearly unplayable. The argument against this was that it's in "beta." I don't disagree with that statement, but to ask $60 to test a product that can barely be tested makes me not want to recommend it. I felt there were features missing and a general lack of polish that shouldn't exist in a product that was in development for over a year and then released for PUBLIC testing. "That's the point of a beta" some say, and I don't disagree. But when you sell a product, you must justify why the customer should buy it.

I Kickstarted the game so my money was already spent but I didn't recommend someone with no personal connection to the game suddenly drop money just for beta access. Some people thought this meant I hated the game which is far from the truth. I like Wasteland 2. I like how it's shaping up. NOT RECOMMENDED doesn't necessarily mean "bad game" it means "hold your money for now."

So why did I change my opinion? Because a recent glut of updates has brought the game to a pretty polished state. The UI, which was once a buggy mess that often refused to work, is now workable. Combat no longer favors fast, strong blitzing attackers. Some tweaks to the beginning of the game help lessen the impact of practically going out naked. Your party will now do stuff as a group such as reloading. There's a huge list of updates and changes I could go into but bottom line is that Wasteland 2 is now looking like a commercial product whereas the original beta release was somehow less playable than the leaked Van Buren alpha from a decade ago.

I still have a hard time recommend dropping $60 simply because you're paying as much as a Kickstarter backer while recieving fewer rewards. And that's just an unfortunate side effect of how Kickstarter works but if you really want to get into the game and seriously test it out, now's a good time. Better yet, as of typing this there's a limited window for Kickstarter backers who didn't buy into the beta to get it for a flat $10. I can recommend that.

Wasteland 2 is looking like the Fallout 3/Van Buren we were promised years ago and I'm excited to see the finished product.

Before you drop 60 bones to get early access, understand something: This is a beta. An ACTUAL beta, not the feature-complete-a-week-from-going-gold betas that most big companies sling around. The game is unoptimized, a quarter of the skills are either not implemented or don't work correctly, there are bugs galore, the UI is a wreck, and it's only a small chunk of the final game. I have a mid-range PC and get 18-40 frames at max but people with beefier rigs get maybe half that.

That's not to say I don't enjoy the game or the testing process, because I do. I backed this game and was looking forward to testing it and I'm not disappointed. I love the game's aesthetic and design. I see there's a good game buried here. I'm not warning you away from the game itself, I'm warning you that unlike 90% of the games on Steam early access you are actually buying into a beta that's being actively worked on by the community, not a near finished stable product.
Posted: December 15, 2013
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