The lights are on
Wasteland 2 was one of the first mega-successes of the Kickstarter boom, and a new announcement today puts the title one step closer to release. This morning, inXile announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Saints Row IV publisher Deep Silver.
The arrangement is similar to EA's now defunct Partner program. Deep Silver will only be handling retail distribution, Kickstarter reward fulfillment, and assistance with quality assurance testing for localized international releases. Creative control remains with inXile.
According to inXile, this allows the developer to focus on their core competencies (making the game) while offloading distribution and fulfillment to another entity that handles these elements as part of its core business.
Our TakeThis is a brilliant move by both inXile and Deep Silver. This type of arrangement allows the developer to focus on making the game without inefficient and costly distribution. Deep Silver will be able to leverage its extensive international profile and expertise on a contractual basis, which helps defray overhead costs of running the business.
Most importantly, this arrangement does not impact the creative product in any way. This isn't a traditional publishing agreement. It's a contractual arrangement for a specific scope of services.