Brian Fargo, founder of Interplay, the studio behind classics including Fallout, Baldur's Gate and Kingpin, has appealed to fans of Wasteland to fund a sequel through Kickstarter.
In just over an hour the project has reached $71,810, with a current total of 1,119 backers and 34 days left to reach its goal of $900,000.
The pitch reads: "Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving."
Other recognisable industry figures have also pledged their support for the sequel:
Ray Muzyka, co-founder of Mass Effect developer Bioware, said of the project: "I'm personally a big fan of the Wasteland series from having played the original game in the late 80s; I've also always admired Brian Fargo's courage to experiment with new designs and game engines from my time working with him in the early days of BioWare when we worked with Interplay, and as a result I'm really looking forward to seeing the next game in the Wasteland series!"
Rob Pardo, executive VP of game design at Blizzard Entertainment, added: "Brian was one of the pioneers for the computer RPG with games like Bard's Tale and Wasteland. I would be very excited to see what Brian could achieve with a sequel to such a classic like the first Wasteland.
People who hand over $15 of their hard earned cash will get themselves a "digital downloable copy of the game DRM free for PC and their will start with a unique and quirky skill. Boxed copies of the game are given to $50 pledges, if you've got $10,000 burning a hole in your pocket you'll get to go to an exclusive party hosted by Brian Fargo, Alan Pavlish and other key members of the Wasteland team, 50 copies of the game, deep appreciation, and a medal." We like the sound of that medal.
Tim Schafer's studio, Double Fine, recently managed to raise over three million dollars on Kickstarter to develop an old-school point-and-click RPG.