'Wasteland 2: Game Of The Year Edition' Announced, Upgraded Version Free For Backers & Current Owners [SCREENS]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 10, 2015 03:48 PM EDT

The developers at inXile Entertainment have announced a Game of the Year Edition for Wasteland 2, with some great news for current owners.

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Anyone who backed the game or purchased the game will be getting the Game of the Year Edition entirely free, receiving all the new upgrades and improvements without having to lift a finger. It will be released this summer, with no specific date provided just yet. It will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux players.

Wasteland 2: Game of the Year Edition will improve the game in a variety of ways, including a complete transition to the Unity 5 game engine. That will include improved environment textures, character models, and Physically Based Rendering for better lighting. Thousands of lines of new voice-over have also been recorded.

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Not just the visuals will be getting an upgrade, but the gameplay as well. New Perks & Quirks for customizing your squad of Desert Rangers will be available, allowing the addition of unique bonuses and trade-offs throughout the game. The new Precision Strike system lets players target individual body parts on enemies to inflict debilitating effects and gain the edge in combat. Finally, "overhauled game balance, item drops, and reworked combat encounters" complete the upgrades, giving players an overall improved experience. You can see screenshots from the new edition below.

"We wanted to re-affirm our gratitude to our backers and our dedication to RPG fans, as we have been most fortunate to return to our roots," says Brian Fargo, CEO. "We plan to continue our proud tradition with Bard's Tale IV, which we'll crowdfund later this year."

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