inXile Entertainment, the developer behind the Wasteland 2, has published the title's first prototype screenshot on Facebook. The Kickstarter-funded game, which amassed almost $US3 million in contributions, is being built in Unity and while presented in 3D, will take on an isometric view that's sure to please old-school gamers.
It kind of reminds me of "Van Buren" the Fallout 3 prototype Black Isle Studios was working on before the developer blinked out of existence (video right).
This is an interesting moment in big-name projects financed via Kickstarter. Until now, Wasteland 2 was the perfect game, for the simple fact nothing of it existed except for the flawless idea in the mind of every backer. Now, we have an inkling of the direction it's going — at least visually — and the fact it's not more faithful to the original will rub some the wrong way... you just have to look at the Facebook comments.
The majority are positive and understanding of the fact it's a screenshot of a prototype and subject to change. Unfortunately, a select few are taking it a bit harder:
"Just looks like isometric Rage."
"I had envisioned something a little less cartoonish... I know the story and game play should be amazing... but honestly this looks like something that I could play on my playstation."
"Yes, it is too colourful. If you don't think so, you probably were never a fan of or have never even played Fallout 1 & 2 — this has nothing to do with the atmosphere of those two games."
It's going to be fascinating watching how backer expectations fluctuate as more media is released, especially for those who coughed up larger sums. Personally, I think it looks fine, but then, I don't have anything invested.
Image: inXile Entertainment Video: No Mutants Allowed / Interplay