Wasteland 3 developer inXile Entertainment has just received $4.5 million worth of investment from publisher Gumi to develop a new open-world survival RPG designed exclusively for VR.
The unannounced game will be coming to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, and it will be based on one of inXile’s pre-existing franchises. Its catalogue includes Wasteland, Bard’s Tale or Torment: Tides of Numenera, so take your pick. Wasteland seems like the best bit, and it’s certainly going to be the biggest name by the time Wasteland 3 rolls out next year.
"Gumi shares my passion for creating deeper virtual reality games and I'm fortunate to have a partner to work with in this spectacular new medium,” says Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile Entertainment. “We've had incredible feedback from our first game, The Mage's Tale, and we want to continue to build on our experience and reputation. I've always been fascinated by the social dynamics of the open world survival genre and experiencing that in virtual reality will create powerful and terrifying moments. We'll also be bringing our storytelling and RPG experience to the table to help enrich the genre.”
InXile has already dipped its toes into VR with the recent release of the Oculus exclusive The Mage’s Tale. This dungeon crawler is by all accounts pretty damn decent, and it’s also a pretty lengthy game in the world of throw away VR experiences, clocking in at a decent 10 hours or so.
"Brian is a legend in the games industry, and inXile Entertainment has a track record for creating ground-breaking PC and console games that feel AAA in scope and size using their creativity, ingenuity, and ambition. Over the past year, they've brought in very talented and experienced members as they shift their strategy from single player to multiplayer online games as a service, and we look forward to seeing how they approach the space,” said Gumi CEO Hironao Kunimitsu.
"Since breaking into VR, we believe they've already delivered the best VR RPG game to date with The Mage's Tale. We're honoured to become a strategic investor and partner with inXile, and delighted for the opportunity to work together on the next VR title with such a masterfully skilled team."
The VR community is still crying out for must have exclusives designed specifically for the hardware, and it some point someone has to step up to the plate and deliver it. inXile has proven itself an extremely capable study, do you think they can deliver an essential open-world VR RPG experience? Is $4.5 million anywhere near enough to deliver a top tier VR RPG? Let us know!