In addition to the improved multiplayer aspects, a lot of work has also gone into improving the way Wasteland 3 will be unravelling the story.
Speaking with SegmentNext in a recent interview, game director Tim Campbell explained how the storyline is not only bigger and better, but also more reactive. It all has to do with a new XCOM-style camera system that adds a newfound immersion value to Wasteland 3.
Similar to the original Fallout installment, the camera zooms into the key characters for cinematic conversations. Wasteland 3 features fully voiced dialogues, comprising over half a million (500,000) words worth of conversations. The same camera system also pans out to focus on key moments outside of conversations such as before or during combat.
The story is bigger and more reactive. We have cinematic conversations where we bring the camera up close to key characters reminiscent of the original Fallout, all the dialog in the game (around ½ million words) is fully voiced.
This has been a long dream come true for inXile Entertainment. Back in 2016 when the developer was getting ready to pitch Wasteland 3, studio head Brian Fargo notably mentioned an ambition to integrate a camera system like the one driving the XCOM franchise. 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 to highlight moments of interest.
In terms of content, developer inXile Entertainment has confirmed that there will be post-release expansion packs. However, work on them will only begin after Wasteland 3 has officially released. Campbell noted that their efforts are not only to release the game but to also make sure that the experience is great.
Wasteland 3 received a brand new gameplay trailer at the X019 fan event earlier this month that 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 — the player — can help them return back to happier days.
Wasteland 3 is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 19, 2020. For now, there are no plans to port the sequel over to the Nintendo Switch. Backers have been waiting since 2016 for the game to finish. Suffice to say, based on all footage and details available, the wait was worth it.