Wasteland 3 is not the only project that inXile Entertainment is currently working on. That was evident from back in December when the developer was spotted to be hiring for an “exciting yet unannounced role-playing game” — assumed to be for next-generation platforms since those consoles are just around the corner.
Earlier today, inXile Entertainment was spotted once again to be on a hiring spree. The new job listings incidentally contain a few minor details about what the developer is working on. For starters, the in-development project is indeed a next-generation role-playing game and will be running on Unreal Engine 4. Secondly, inXile Entertainment is incorporating Houdini, a toolset that games like Spider-Man, Far Cry 5, and Metro Exodus have previously used to create procedurally generated systems like special effects, animations, objects, terrains, etc.
The job listings also make it clear that inXile Entertainment is working on a triple-A project, which typically has a higher development and marketing budget. The developer has also been growing its team in the last year just for this mysterious next-generation offering, right after being acquired by Microsoft as part of the Xbox Game Studios expansion initiative.
What inXile Entertainment is working right now is possibly the reason Microsoft acquired the studio in the first place. This mysterious role-playing game from the Wasteland 3 developer will be the first from the studio to grace Xbox Series X and hence, add to the next-generation Xbox library of games. There’s a bit confusion on exclusivity though. A previous job listing mentioned “multiplatform” support, which may be referencing PC since Microsoft would want its first-party games to be console exclusive.
In the meantime, Wasteland 3 remains in active development. The new installment has completely overhauled the progression system to add a newfound freedom that will help players tailor their rangers. Every set of attributes, skills, perks, and quirks can be customized for squad compositions. In addition, the Kodiak — player vehicle — will be open to new upgrades as well, including improved chassess and turrets, special weapons, heavier armor, “as well as some surprises” that players will have to find for themselves.
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.