Fargo Will Return to Kickstarter Regardless of Wasteland 2′s Success
Brian Fargo, inXile boss and reviver of Wasteland, saw tremendous success with his Kickstarter campaign for Wasteland 2, and whether or not the game itself is a success, he will return to Kickstarter in the future.
Speaking to GamesIndustry International at this year’s Unite conference in Amsterdam, Fargo said:
“Yeah, I still would [return to crowd-funding]. It allows us to give things to people that they can’t get from just buying a product. Some people want to be an NPC, or they want a shrine in their honour in the game, or they want a boxed copy, or a novella. These things aren’t just gimmicks; they add real value.”
Fargo went on to explain the benefits of crowd funding beyond the obvious acquisition of funds — the relationship with the community, the backers. He said:
“Yeah, because it goes beyond just getting money to do it. Even if [Wasteland 2] sells a bunch and it could finance [another game], I’d like to keep that same relationship.
“Let’s assume that I’m gonna deliver the game, so my backers are going to get whatever they were gonna buy anyway. If I pitch a new idea to my Kickstarter fans and nobody wants to fund it, I’m glad I didn’t make it. It builds on itself… Ultimately, it helps me that I’m spending time and effort on something that people actually want. I can’t see any harm in that because I’m giving people what they want at the end of the day.”
Great points, no doubt — but is that fair to other Kickstarter projects that actually need the funding? What do you think?