Wasteland 3 Gets XCOM-Style Camera, Makes The Wait Unbearable

Wasteland 3 carries substantial improvements over its predecessors in a number of ways, one of them being the dynamic camera angles for increased immersion.

While celebrating “all things Xbox” last night at the X019 fan event, InXile Entertainment debuted a brand new gameplay trailer that makes the wait to explore a post-apocalyptic Colorado almost unbearable.

Back in 2016 when InXile Entertainment was getting ready to pitch Wasteland 3, studio head Brian Fargo notably mentioned an ambition to integrate features that were previously missed. The camera system in this regard was said to be eying that of the XCOM franchise to drive immersion. The goal was to have Wasteland 3 break the isometric perspective by coming down onto characters during conversations, as well as changing camera angles dynamically based on other actions during and outside of combat.

“We’re going to break from the isometric for conversations, and we’re also going to break from the isometric in other areas where we think we can dial up the drama,” Fargo told Polygon back then. “XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a good example, where you can zoom in on something and cut to the creature shattering through a window and then go back isometric.”

The new gameplay trailer confirms Wasteland 3 to have finally achieved those goals. Several instances from the footage show just how an XCOM-style cinematic camera can add drama and intestinity, zooming in and out or panning across the terrain to focus on important events.

Wasteland 3 was always being touted as the biggest installment in the franchise to date with a larger budget and larger world in comparison. It’s exciting to know that those resources and ideas have now started bearing fruit.

Elsewhere, the gameplay trailer dropped a few details about the storyline and setting. The frozen tundra of Colorado has been built on violence over many years, making life incredibly difficult for those who just want to be left alone. However, the wind has been shifting as of late and there’s a chance that you can help them return back to happier days.

Wasteland 3 will feature an optional story-driven co-op mode, the first in the franchise. Players can choose to team up to work together through major storyline junctions or split to pursue their own goals outside of the missions. InXile Entertainment has also evolve the combat system to offer more strategic depth. Now, more so than ever, players will have to understand the terrain to note ambush or vantage points.

Wasteland 3 now also has a release date. The new installment will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 19, 2020. InXile Entertainment has promised to reveal more details in the months to come.