The old-fashioned computer RPG has made a triumphant comeback of late. Along with the fantastic Pillars of Eternity, one of the games that truly propelled the genre back to the top was Wasteland 2. A sequel to a game 25 years its senior, thankfully fans of the title will not have as long to wait for another game in the series, as developer inXile has now confirmed that it is working on Wasteland 3.
Once more, inXile is turning to crowdfunding to help make Wasteland 3 a reality. With a campaign launching on October 5, 2016, this time the developer is turning to Fig rather than Kickstarter, and is asking for a somewhat larger sum to the tune of $2.75 million. That may be a bit of an increase from the modest minimum request of $900,000, but it seems as though backers are going to get a lot more for their buck this time around, with a wealth of new features.
Perhaps highest on the list is the addition of co-op multiplayer to the mix. According to inXile, Wasteland 3 will be playable both as a single player or multiplayer game, with drop-out multiplayer gameplay available. Users will be able to control their own party of Rangers traversing the post-apocalyptic world, and the actions taken by each party will have effects on the game world as a whole.
That’s not the only change though. Eschewing the traditional settings of such games, instead Wasteland 3 will go to the frozen world of a post-apocalyptic Colorado, which makes a nice difference from the deserts of many games of this ilk. Meanwhile, the title will also include vehicle usage, as well as environmental effects and an upgraded action system.
It’s not all going to be change, however, as it’s clear that Wasteland 3 is still going to have its feet firmly in its CRPG roots. For starters, it appears as though the development team brought on the talents of Chris Bischoff to help with the art of the game. Bischoff was one of the creators of last year’s sleeper horror title Stasis, where its art-led atmosphere led it to critical acclaim as one of the best underground games of 2015. Should that quality follow through into Wasteland 3, then gamers are certainly going to be impressed.
Perhaps the most intriguing change coming for Wasteland 3 is the additional of multiplayer co-op functionality. Although it may seem like an odd choice for a tactics-based RPG series such as the Wasteland games, there is actually a precedent for co-op play working incredibly well in this situation. One such example is the enhanced edition of Divinity: Original Sin, which allowed players the flexibility to play together but complete missions on their own terms. With that in mind, there’s every chance that Wasteland 3 will also use this mechanic successfully.
Wasteland 3 will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PS4. The game’s Fig campaign will launch on October 5, 2016.