Wasteland 2 is one of the great crowdfunding success stories, it raised more money than it asked for, and in the process delivered a brilliant game that went far and above player expectation. Not only that but it also found success outside of its devoted fan-base as the old-school RPG even made its way to consoles. And now we have Wasteland 3 to look forward to! A sequel set in the icy Colorado wastes.
You start the game as the sole survivor of Team November, a Ranger squad dispatched to the icy Colorado wastes. This is a land of buried secrets, lost technology, fearsome lunatics, and deadly factions. No one here has ever heard of the Desert Rangers. Your reputation is yours to build from scratch, and your choices may save this land or doom it. With a renewed focus on macro-reactivity, you’ll be picking between warring factions, deciding whether locations are destroyed or saved, and other far reaching decisions that have a marked impact on the shape of your world.
New to the series will be online co-op that will play out in a very different fashion to what you'd might think. Two players will each be put in charge of their own squad of Rangers. Players can split up and explore different regions of the wastes, and even meet up to tackle co-operative missions. And with choice playing an important role, if someone continues to play whilst the other person is offline, that could even lead to some unwanted consequences.
As a deep single-player experience this approach to multiplayer sounds fascinating. The Wasteland 3 crowdfunding campaign is expected to launch next week on Fig. And the game will debut simultaneously on PC and console.