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Wasteland 2 Beta & Early Access
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

InXile Entertainment has released the beta version of its upcoming Wasteland 2 RPG, and has also given interested gamers the chance to join the testing through Steam Early Access. A sequel to the classic post-apocalyptic RPG of the 80's, Wasteland 2 will be a top down, turn-based, tactical RPG that the developers promise will "stay true to its roots."

“It is hard to believe that after 20 years we’re finally at a place where we can get Wasteland 2 into the hands of our backers,” says Brian Fargo, inXile CEO. “It is has been quite a road to get here. The possibility of Wasteland 2 even entering production looked like it was over until Kickstarter appeared and allowed us to finally make this game together with our fans. And now we’ll continue the process of making the game with them.”

For the first time, gamers are getting the chance to play inXile entertainment’s Wasteland 2, which was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter in April 2012. More than ten thousand backers entered the backer beta on Wednesday, through their Kickstarter or late pledges to the project. Wasteland 2 has also entered Steam Early Access, to allow late backers to purchase and jump on immediately.

Wasteland 2 is a post-apocalyptic RPG with old-school sensibilities, with a heavy focus on tactical turn-based combat, a deep and open world and reactivity to player choices. It is the sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, with the player taking control of a party of Desert Rangers striving to bring peace to the wastes. Set 15 years after the original, the game does not require familiarity with the original’s plot but does follow up on the original’s story in many ways.

The Wasteland 2 beta consists of the first four major areas of the game and related minor maps, along with character creation, world map travel, and random encounters. More areas will be added as the beta progresses. Beta backers and early access gamers will get exactly the same content here.

Learn more at the links below.

Wasteland 2 Beta Goes Live
Steam: Wasteland 2 Early Access
Wasteland 2 (add to watch list)


 

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