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Wasteland 2

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Wasteland 2
Wasteland 2 cover
inXile Entertainment
Obsidian Entertainment
inXile Entertainment
Former Unity 4[Note 1]
Unity 5[Note 2]
Release dates
Windows September 19, 2014
macOS (OS X) September 19, 2014
Linux September 19, 2014
Metacritic 81
OpenCritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres Tactical RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic
Series Wasteland
Wasteland 2 on HowLongToBeat
Wasteland 2 on IGDB
Wasteland 2 on MobyGames
Wasteland 2 on Wikipedia
Wasteland 1988
Wasteland 2 2014
Wasteland Remastered 2020
Wasteland 3 2020

Wasteland 2 is a singleplayer bird's-eye view Tactical RPG game in the Wasteland series.

On October 13, 2015, the game received the Director's Cut, an updated version with a newer engine, new graphics and voiceovers, a new Perks & Quirks system, and other additions. All digital releases include both the original and Director's Cut versions in the purchase.

General information

Official support page
Official wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions (Director's Cut)
Steam Community Discussions (original)
Beta feedback site access (for bugs reporting)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
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Digital Deluxe Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Digital Deluxe Edition is also available.
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Digital Deluxe Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Digital Deluxe Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Play Anywhere, Xbox Game Pass for PC
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Digital Deluxe Edition is also available.
macOS (OS X)
Origin (unavailable)
Digital Deluxe Edition is also available.
macOS (OS X)
Kickstarter backers will receive a DRM-free download.[4]

Version differences

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes Wasteland 2's original and Director's Cut builds, keys for Wasteland (1988) and The Bard's Tale (2005), three digital novellas, the game's soundtrack, and a digital artbook.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Essential improvements

Unofficial Patch by Executor_

Introduces various bugfixes, optional tweaks, SSAA and expanded modding capabilities.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\inXile\Wasteland2\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Preferences/unity.inXile.Wasteland 2.plist
Linux $HOME/.config/unity3d/inXile/Wasteland2/prefs
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/unity3d/inXile Entertainment/Wasteland 2: Director's Cut/prefs
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Wasteland2\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Wasteland2DC\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/Wasteland2/
~/Documents/Library/Application Support/Wasteland2DC/
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Wasteland2/

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Linux Steam cloud saves for Wasteland 2 Director's Cut are stored at $HOME/.config/Wasteland2DC, but the game actually uses $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Wasteland2DC/. Linux Steam cloud saves for Wasteland 2 original version are stored at $HOME/.config/Wasteland2, but the game actually uses $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Wasteland2/.
Xbox Cloud


Display options.
Display options.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Some HUD elements are stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be zoomed in or zoomed out during gameplay.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable Fullscreen from in-game display options. As with many Unity games, there is no Exclusive Fullscreen option available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Available as 'per texture' or 'forced on'.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
Added with the patch 3 for the original version.[5]
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unity page for more details.
Uses Unity graphic settings presets.



Audio options.
Audio options.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Global, music, SFX, VO, ambient and UI.
Surround sound
Raw, mono, stereo, quad, surround and 5.1.
Closed captions
Text-to-speech option is available for visually impaired users.
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support

Issues fixed

Crash at game launch

Launch game elevated[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Build, right-click on WL2.exe and select Properties.
  2. Open the Compatibility tab select and enable "Run this program as an administrator".
  3. Click OK twice to save the settings and close the windows.


If the game still doesn't start, repeat this and change other compatibility settings (e.g. "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" or "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings").
Nvidia Optimus[6]
  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel, which can be found as a tray icon on the taskbar, in the Control Panel, or by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting it.
  2. Go to Manage 3D settings, open the Program Settings tab, click on Add and either select WL2.exe in the window or click on Browse... and browse to the WL2.exe file (located in <path-to-game>\Build).
  3. In the dropdown menu below, select "High-performance NVIDIA processor".
  4. Click on Apply on the lower right corner to save the settings.
The developer also recommends disabling video capturing software like Fraps or Bandicam.

Saves not showing up

There is currently a bug where none of the saves show up if even one of them is missing (specifically missing the .xml file or possibly having an empty .xml file).
Delete missing save files[7]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Wasteland2\Save Games\.
  2. Double click on all saved installation folders until you find one that has no data in it. It's specifically looking for a .xml file.
  3. Delete that specific folder (or folders), the one with the missing save game files.
  4. Restart Wasteland 2 and your other saved games will re-appear.

Unable to choose resolution in windowed mode

Change resolution in registry (Windows)[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\inXile\Wasteland2\.
  2. Change registry key Resolution_hXXXXXXXXXX to desired resolution (e.g. 1920x1080).
  3. Change registry key Screenmanager Resolution Height_hXXXXXXXXXX to desired height (e.g. 1080) (Note: Make sure to select decimal numbers).
  4. Change registry key Screenmanager Resolution Width_hXXXXXXXXXX to desired width (e.g. 1920) (Note: Make sure to select decimal numbers).
  5. Launch the game.

Launches in wrong resolution (multi screen setups and some Linux distros)

Launch with graphics options menu[citation needed]
  1. Launch game with -show-screen-selector command line argument.
  2. Now you will see a pre-launch menu. Change resolution to desired resolution (e.g. 1920x1080).
Fix game not recognizing your resolution
  1. Find the player prefs file. On Windows, this will be in the registry under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\inXile\Wasteland 2. On Mac, this will be in ~/Library/Preferences in a file called unity.inXile.Wasteland 2.plist. On Linux, it's in ~/.config/unity3d/inXile/Wasteland 2/prefs. The directory may vary slightly if on the Director's Cut version.
  2. You'll find several key properties related to resolution. "Screenmanager Is Fullscreen mode"; set the value to 1 for fullscreen and 0 for windowed. "Screenmanager Resolution..." "Height" and "Width"; set the values to your desired resolution, such as 1080 and 1920, respectively. "UnitySelectMonitor" for multi-monitor setups; set to the desired monitor number, with a value of 0 representing the operating system's primary monitor.

Game crashes on Linux upon new game or loading new areas

Increase number of open files per program allowed by the OS
  1. Open /etc/security/limits.conf as root.
  2. Add lines your_username_here soft nofile 8192 and your_username_here hard nofile 8192 and save.
  3. Relog into your account.
  4. This increases number of files the OS allows a program to have open at the same time (8192 is enough for Wasteland 2, but certain other games require even higher limits, so you can use an even higher number just to prevent further issues with other games).
  5. You can also check this limit with the command ulimit -n.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 11
OS X and Linux only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Director's Cut version is 64-bit only,[8] original version is 32-bit only.[9]
macOS (OS X)
Director's Cut version is 64-bit only, Original version is 32-bit only.[9]
Director's Cut version is 64-bit only, Original version is 32-bit only.[9]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 4850
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible


  1. Unity engine build: 4.5.5f1[1][2]
  2. Unity engine build: 5.2.2p2[1][3]