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Raising Arizona: Wasteland 2 gets a new region and is launching in August

Wasteland 2 launch

It’s been a while since inXile raised $2.9 million for Wasteland 2, making it the 7th most successful video game Kickstarters apparently. It’s been on Steam Early Access for those that hungered for an early peak, but now there’s an end in sight. Not a release date – not yet – but a release window.

The end of August, Rangers, that’s how long you’ll have to wait to get the finished version of inXile’s post-apocalyptic tactics RPG. Well, that’s not too long. And in the mean time, the beta has been updated with a whole new region. 

I’ve never been to Arizona, but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that Wasteland 2’s facsimile of the American state, which has just been added, is a little less pleasant than the real one. Again, this isn’t coming from personal experience, so I could be utterly wrong.

Most of the areas so far in Wasteland 2 and, indeed, its predecessor and its spiritual successor, Fallout, are more reminiscent of a particularly rowdy evening in Glasgow city centre. Drugs, radiation, lots of manky people looking for a scrap. Yep. Sounds like home.

“It’s exciting to be in the home stretch on a game I’ve been wanting to get to for the last two decades. The feedback from our backers on the early beta has been great and I’m proud of the way Wasteland 2 is shaping up. The scope of the game is immense with a word count that is greater than The Lord of the Rings novels and a solid 50 hour+ game experience that has diversity from beginning to end. My goal has been to over deliver on our backer’s expectations for Wasteland 2,” said inXile bossman, Brian Fargo.

I’ve not touched the Early Access version since I finished writing about it just after the launch, because this is one game I refuse to allow myself to spoil by playing too much of it before it’s finished. Are any of you lovely lot weaker than me and preparing to dive in and check out Arizona?