InXile Entertainment today confirmed that Wasteland 2, their forthcoming post-apocalyptic RPG, is nearing completion. The game's beta testing stage will commence in mid-December, allowing thousands of players the chance to try a 10-hour slice of the game (which, depending on some reports, may only be about a quarter of the whole game). They will be testing for bugs and reporting back on gameplay issues such as combat and UI, which inXile can tweak before the final release.
No final release date has been set yet, but typically betas last 2-3 months, making a Spring 2014 release highly likely. Wasteland 2 is the sequel to a 1988 RPG which is counted as being highly influential; the Fallout franchise was created by the same team ten years later when they were unable to use the Wasteland name.
With work drawing to a close on Wasteland 2, the inXile's team are now ramping up work on Torment: Tides of Numenera, their other RPG which will be a spiritual successor to the classic 1999 game Planescape: Torment. That game is expected to be released in 2015.