Party Up: Wasteland 2 Beta Ready For Backers

Let the blood-sausage-like mind explosions commence.

InXile has released the beta of Wasteland 2 to backers who contributed $55 or more, putting the top-down RPG in the hands of gamers one year and eight months after it raked in nearly $3 million on Kickstarter in April 2012.

And I can’t wait to see how it plays. Even if you’re not in on the early access, we should all get a good eyeful because inXile hasn’t put any restrictions on the beta and welcomes all Twitch streamers and Youtubers. The devs only ask that those who do share make it clear this is a beta and not the finished product.

“All the game’s major systems are now implemented, which allows us to expedite the amount of depth, fun and subtlety that gets in, but this is an ambitious game both in terms of scale and the amount of reactivity we have planned, so please don’t forget that we are not complete, and that there are still a host of issues that need to be addressed,” Brian Fargo wrote in a post on the official Wasteland 2 forums.

A number of maps are not included, some skills have not been implemented, the UI is a work in progress, there is no fog of war, voice work and overall sound is not final, objects are not yet destructible, and there will be bugs and glitches. InXiles says it wants player feedback on all elements of the beta, and it’s that input that will “take Wasteland 2 from good to great.”

“We’ve all been pouring our heart and soul into Wasteland 2, and I hope it shows,” Fargo said. “I’ll never forget the elation from those first two days of our Kickstarter campaign and how happy I was to get this chance. Now, after the long journey, I am filled with excitement and nervousness. Thanks again for your support, have fun, and let’s work together to make a classic.”

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