Brian Fargo has announced that Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian will co-develop the Kickstarter-funded post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2 if the initiative can reach US$2.1 million in backing within the next 17 days.

In an update on Wasteland 2’s Kickstarter page, Fargo writes, “We have announced a major piece of good news today […] inXile has reached an agreement with Obsidian for potential design assistance for Wasteland 2.

“What that means is that Obsidian’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Avellone, is going to work with our team on the design and writing of the game,” if the capital is raised.

“For those of you who don't know who Obsidian or Chris Avellone are, they are the bulk of the brains who worked on Fallout 1&2, Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment when I was back at Interplay.”

Beyond Avellone’s writing and design contributions Obsidian will provide a “host of tools” that the developer has created “which will help us get assets into the game faster. The faster we can implement and iterate on content, the deeper the game and the more varied choices the gamers can make.”

The announcement has generated a surge in pledges to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter initiative. At the time of writing, Wasteland 2 has received $1,855,208 from 37,601 backers. A pledge of $15 or more will reward the backer with a digital download copy of the game, DRM free.