Brian Fargo, legendary creator of such franchises as Fallout, Bard’s Tale, Planescape: Torment, and Wasteland, made a comeback to game development recently and raised over $7 million on Kickstarter for sequels to both Planescape: Torment and Wasteland. Torment: Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2 are both being developed by his new studio, inXile. Seeing as Planescape: Torment is in my top five games of all time, I was anxious to find out if Torment: Tides of Numenera could possibly end up on Wii U. While I was at it, I decided to ask about Wasteland 2 as well.
One big factor involved in such a decision to port to Wii U is the engine they are using to make both games: Unity3D. AAA games from companies like EA or Activision could hike up a budget of $60-80 million, so as welcome as it is to raise $7 million for two games on Kickstarter, the only way to assure the quality of the content is to use an engine like Unity, which has enough clout to power some great games but isn’t too costly. What made this prospect look promising to me is that these two high-quality games come from such a big name in the industry and yet pose such a low barrier to port to Wii U.
I contacted Thomas Beekers, a producer at inXile, to see if they’d consider the idea. I had forgotten at the time that it wouldn’t be appropriate for the company to use the $7 million they raised from the fans to support development on a platform they hadn’t mentioned during the campaign. So, of course, the only possibility would be for it to be ported once the games were complete. Luckily, I was told that post-launch it wasn’t an idea to scratch off just yet.
Thomas Beekers replied:
“[The idea of releasing the games on Wii U] is interesting. Right now we’re not looking into other platforms at all, we’re focusing first and foremost on personal computer platforms, but post-release we might get back to this if opportunity permits.”
Let’s hope opportunity does indeed permit. Wasteland 2 is expected to release in October 2013, and Torment: Tides of Numenera won’t release until sometime in 2014. Do these games interest you? Would you like to see them release on Wii U?