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October 20th, 2020, 23:51
Wccftech reports that inXile may be developing an AAA RPG in the vein of Arcanum with ex-Troika Jason Anderson and Chad Moore. This should be treated as rumour for now.

A keen-eyed ResetEra user may have uncovered the game's setting way ahead of any official announcement, though, by spotting a few Pinterest Boards that are managed by inXile developers Jason Anderson and Chad Moore. These Pinterest boards contain hundreds of steampunk-themed weapons, gadgets, fashion, and other Victorian-era inspired imagery.

A coincidence seems unlikely, especially since both Jason Anderson and Chad Moore have worked on what can be arguably described as the prime example of a steampunk videogame RPG: Troika's Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. Released back in 2001, the game enjoyed strong sales and critical reception, though the studio itself was eventually forced to close after the releases of The Temple of Elemental Evil in 2003 and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines in 2004.

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October 21st, 2020, 01:10
Fargo already admitted they are working on two new RPGs already.

InXile Working on Two New RPGs - wccftech
inXile boss Brian Fargo sent out a couple of interesting tweets a few hours ago. Firstly, replying to a fan, he said that inXile Entertainment is working on wonderful new roleplaying games, though he also noted that these titles take a long time to make.

As a follow up shortly after that, he clarified that the second unannounced RPG is still very much 'in the infancy of pre-production', which suggests it'll be several years before we actually get to play it.

inXile, purchased by Microsoft at the same time of Obsidian Entertainment a couple of years ago, is already known to be working on a big next-generation RPG which Fargo himself confirmed will be developed using Epic's impressive Unreal Engine 5. This should be further along than the second RPG project Fargo mentioned in that last tweet.

Beyond these two unannounced projects, inXile is also working on a Virtual Reality PvPvE multiplayer shooter game called Frostpoint, due to launch soon on Steam. Of course, the team will release DLC for Wasteland 3 as well, especially after the highly successful launch of the game last month.
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October 21st, 2020, 01:20
I don't see anything mentioning steampunk or the ex-Troika guys in the older article.
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October 21st, 2020, 01:27
Well as written in the link the second unannounced game is 'in the infancy of pre-production'. Basically no details yet and it might be this rumored Steampunk RPG.
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October 21st, 2020, 02:22
Very interested in the possibility. I've always considered Arcanum very overrated in certain circles but I love the setting and a lot of things about it. I would very much love to see this genre revisited.
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October 21st, 2020, 02:31
If it does turn out to be a sequel to Arcanum, I hope they manage to do a better job than what Hardsuit Labs is doing with Bloodlines 2.
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October 21st, 2020, 03:09
I liked HBS's Shadowrun series, but I find the steampunk genre to be a nice idea in theory, but hard to make a good game from it….
I won't hold my breath
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October 21st, 2020, 03:56
Yea, not a fan of steampunk either. Is fantasy really that boring now? I don't think so. To me, fantasy genre is near inexhaustable in ideas as well as appeal.
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Originally Posted by Arkadia7 View Post
Is fantasy really that boring now?
90% of crps are traditional medieval fantasy. It's not boring, it's overdone to the max - but it sells because people are comfortable with the familiar.
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October 21st, 2020, 05:37
Cool. The steampunk universe is poorly explored by CRPGs, so nice to see a new project in that genre by an esteamed gaming company.
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Originally Posted by Stahl33 View Post
I liked HBS's Shadowrun series, but I find the steampunk genre to be a nice idea in theory, but hard to make a good game from it….
I won't hold my breath
Shadowrun is not Steampunk. It's a Cyberpunk/Fantasy fusion.
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October 21st, 2020, 06:37
If its Steampunk like Arcanum I hope they keep the newspapers and gentlemen's clubs. I like a touch of class in my CRPGs.
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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
Shadowrun is not Steampunk. It's a Cyberpunk/Fantasy fusion.
I was going to mention that, but I thought he might just be referring to the similar way the fantasy races are portrayed in both games. It's nearly identical if you think about it.
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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
Shadowrun is not Steampunk. It's a Cyberpunk/Fantasy fusion.
Yes, I thought I was stretching the genre… I was just wrong lol!
Well I hope they make something worthwhile! Can only hope!
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I never understood Steampunk (and honestly I never tried to). So they do have cool machines that look like from the industrial era. And lorewise they just work mechanically? Or is magic involved?
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I never understood Steampunk (and honestly I never tried to). So they do have cool machines that look like from the industrial era. And lorewise they just work mechanically? Or is magic involved?
Basically everything runs on steam power rather than transistors and the setting is generally either Wild West or Victorian London. The tech has a very distinctive look so things like steam pipes, pulleys and copper fittings. In can incorporate other settings like Arcanum did by including fantasy races and magic.
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I never understood Steampunk (and honestly I never tried to). So they do have cool machines that look like from the industrial era. And lorewise they just work mechanically? Or is magic involved?
It would be similar to this game that flopped on the PS3 called Damnation.

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Didn't steampunk evolve from Mad Max?
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It would be similar to this game that flopped on the PS3 called Damnation.
This damnation also came to PC! https://store.steampowered.com/app/12790/Damnation/
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