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.
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Things work well when the publisher lets the developer do their job.
The smoother the launch of this game goes, the better. I can't wait until I have my hands on this one!
It's totally OK since they are releasing retail verions as well.
This is great. Deep Silver will handle the distribution of the physical copies and QA, and inXile will still be making the game.
nice! it's a pleasure to see deep silver involved in varied projects.
I'm assuming that if all goes well with Deep Silver that they will also handle distribution for Torment: Tides of Numenera as well, although I can be wrong. Glad to know that Wasteland 2 is going along fine, as well as the other five projects that I backed.
I have a feeling that the return of Wasteland and its relationship with the Fallout series will be a different situation than, say, Thief and Dishonored or Tomb Raider and Uncharted. Fallout has changed so much from the isometric game inspired by Wasteland, so any glaring "similarities" will be interesting to spot.
Great idea on both of their parts! I hope this games becomes a success.
Deep Silver's been making a name for itself recently.
I've been looking forward to this game and I hope it's good.
Deep silver needs to crack the whip on Ego Soft and get X Rebirth out already. The games turning into duke nukem.
plunked down my cash on the first day, eagerly awaiting this game, Torment and Project Eternity.
Excellent move, not rocket science but good to see at least some devs can figure it out.
Now that's a great deal.
As of late, I'm really liking Deep Silver, a publisher that until a few years ago- I didn't even know existed. Not to mention they picked up some really good THQ franchises.