Visionary Game Developer Brian Fargo to Retire After Wasteland 3 Launches

Legendary game developer Brian Fargo has announced his plans to retire from the games industry.

The creator will reportedly bow out of the industry following the release of his next massive RPG, Wasteland 3. Speaking to Eurogamer, Fargo said that he’s aiming to relax for once, following a lifetime of work in the game industry.

“I love this industry, but I’ve been at this since 1981…” he said. “I look at my friends, they have a lot more spare time than I do. It’s a very intense business. It’s all encompassing. It seems like I should relax for a little bit.”

In 1983, Fargo founded Interplay Productions just before landing his first contract with Activision for the graphical text adventure game Mindshadow, the same year. The game was eventually released for the Apple II and Commodore 64.

Fargo co-designed some of Interplay’s earliest RPGs, including the critically acclaimed Wasteland. Interplay had success as a PC developer, however they ran into difficulties adapting to the console software industry. Interplay was acquired by French company Titus Software in 2001, and Fargo left soon afterwards.

After leaving Interplay, Fargo wanted to continue working in the industry, as well as find ways to further his creative nature.

He then founded inXile Entertainment in 2002, which saw a consecutive number of successful releases. Eventually, they tried crowdfunding with a Kickstarter for Wasteland 2, which turned out to be wildly successful.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Brian Fargo on multiple occasions, and I’m definitely a fan of his work. If there’s a developer who has earned his place in the gaming hall of fame (if one ever existed) and subsequent retirement, he certainly has.

Wasteland 3 is set for a release sometime in 2019 across PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The company’s latest RPG opus, Torment: Tides of Numenera, recently launched across PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Expect our thorough review of that game soon.


Brandon Orselli


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  • Mr0303

    Dealing with Fig is not a good note to leave on.

  • DrearierSpider

    He’s certainly put his time in. Just hoping his last few games are really good.

  • Madbrainbox

    He’ll be back.

  • Dale Frewaldt

    People like Brian should use their talents and resources to start the next generation of games Publishers. We need some new blood in the Publishing industry. I can respect his desire to get out of the industry after spending literal decades making video games, but he’s got a wealth of knowledge that could be put towards making the industry better as a whole.

  • Phasmatis75

    I’m fully expecting a funding issue to arise as Fig collapses.

  • Fenrir007

    One of the good ones. I hope he gets his well deserved rest and decides to come back to make more games in 20XX.

  • Mr. Greis

    I wonder how much Fig had to do with this.

    I also wonder if Shafer will be the next Madoff…

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    “Fund my lawsuit!” Tim Schafer, 2 years from now.