Following the success of Wasteland 2 (and to a certain extent Torment: Tides of Numenera which is still in Early Access) inXile has decided to once again turn to crowdfunding. As it so happens, that was a rather brilliant idea given that Wasteland 3 has already gathered over $2,000,000 in funding, and we're still only on day one of the Fig campaign! Mind you, $1,600,000 of that comes as an investment from Fig themselves, but even with that considered these are still impressive numbers for a rather niche turn-based RPG.
And speaking of RPGs, if you're wondering what Wasteland 3 is going to look like, you're in luck as inXile have also released a brief gameplay video showcasing their work so far. It might not be finished or fully polished, but even this early on it still looks and feels much more engaging than Wasteland 2! Have a look:
Since the gameplay video only covered a small portion of what Wasteland 3 is going to offer, allow me to share with you the list of currently planned features:
• A party-based role-playing game, with a renewed focus on our trademark complex story reactivity and strategic combat.
• By including vehicles, environmental dangers, and a revamped, more fluid action system, we are evolving on Wasteland 2's deep tactical turn-based combat and unique encounter design.
• Play by yourself or with a friend in story-driven synchronous or asynchronous multiplayer. Choices open up (or close off) mission opportunities, areas to explore, story arcs, and tons of other content.
• Your Ranger Base is a core part of the experience. As you help the local people and improve your Ranger Base, quests and narrative will force you to make decisions on how to lead.
• The game will be set in the savage lands of frozen Colorado, where survival is difficult and a happy ending is never guaranteed. Players will face difficult moral choices and make sacrifices that will change the game world.
• Wasteland 3 will feature a deep and engaging story utilizing a newly-revamped dialog tree system from the celebrated writers of Torment: Tides of Numenera
• Simultaneously releasing to Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
If all of this has your interest piqued, and you would like to ensure Wasteland 3's existence, you can grab yourself a digital copy at the $33 tier (and get access to the Early Access version as well). As far as the console versions are concerned, they are unfortunately a little bit more expensive and will set you back $51, but at the very least you'll get both a PC and a console copy of your choice (Xbox One or PS4).
Before you throw any money at the screen, however, do keep in mind that the current release date is planned for the later part of 2019, and this is without any potential delays that might occur out of nowhere! As such, make sure you're using your money to support the developer in their efforts to create a quality game, and not simply as a pre-order as that is a surefire way of getting needlessly stressed out. I have no doubts inXile is going to deliver on their promises, mostly because they've already done so twice, but it never hurts erring on the side of caution.
And finally, here's a few screenshots from the early build of Wasteland 3: