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The latest Fig update for inXile Entertainment's upcoming frosty post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 3 brings us up to speed with the game's development, talks about Microsoft's recent acquisition of inXile, lets us know that come release the game will feature an additional area known as “The Bizarre,” and shares some holiday well wishes. Check it out:
Closer to Colorado
Hi everyone, Paul here with an end of year check-in on Wasteland. With 2019 right around the corner, we're ever closer to Colorado and the Desert Rangers' answer to the Patriarch's call. We hope this finds everyone having a fantastic holiday season! We’re very excited to have Wasteland 3 at the stage now where we can focus most of our efforts on bringing the game world to life and maximizing its reactivity to player choices. Our team is currently hard at work doing an end-to-end pass through the game to instill each quest, character, and moment with as much interactivity and personality as we can possibly cram into it! We absolutely cannot wait to start sharing more on this front in early 2019 and are looking forward to giving you, our backers, the opportunity to help shape some of the most interesting (and weird!) moments of reactivity in the game! Further in this update, we've got some news on the stretch goal front, but right now we wanted to kick things off with some big news for the company.
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Many of you are already aware, but just in case, we announced some major news last month - we are now part of the Microsoft Studios community! This is a big deal and we're excited for the opportunities this presents!
Beyond that, for our backers and fans, we want to emphasize that inXile is, and will continue to be, an RPG studio. Having access to the larger Microsoft community and infrastructure will allow us to more fully realize the vision we have for our games, including Wasteland 3, but it will not change our values as a development group. Our core tenets remain absolutely the same today as they did a month or a year ago.
As we work on Wasteland 3, we are committed to storytelling and gameplay that allow you to solve issues through brains and might, engage in a deep conversation system, wrestle with hard choices and true reactivity that result in different endings, customize your experience with deep character creation and development, and experience deep world-building that inspires you to explore every last corner. Wasteland 3 will continue to be brutal, bleak, and with a deep vein of dark humor because this is the kind of game that we are passionate about. We look forward to continuing to bring them to you next year and in the years to come!
"Are we going to get the Bizarre?"
As many of you recall, when the Fig crowdfunding campaign ended, we got close to (but didn't quite reach) our stretch goal for "The Bizarre", a new area of the game. We left its status open-ended as slacker backer support continued to come in. In recent months, we've begun getting the inquiries - "Hey, are we close?" "Did the Bizarre make it in?" "Are we getting the Bizarre?", etc. etc., and we're happy to report today that, YES, YOU DID IT!
Thanks to your support, The Bizarre is now in Wasteland 3! Expect to hear more about this curious slice of the Colorado Wasteland as we roll through 2019!
Our design team has also been hard at work fleshing out our combat systems to make battles as tactically interesting and choice-filled as they can be! One example of this is a new Down-But-Not-Out system that will give players (as well as foes) a chance to stage desperate comebacks from near-death situations. The Wasteland is a brutal and deadly place, but it is also a place where the extremely cunning or stubborn can sometimes cheat death in dramatic ways! You can expect us to share this system (as well as other nefarious surprises and aces in the hole) in much greater detail in our early 2019 updates, and we’re counting on your feedback to help make everything that we’ve been working on as good as possible!
We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Wasteland New Year!
Thanks to all of you one last time for helping to make the Bizarre a reality! 2019 is shaping up to be an amazing year for Wasteland fans, and we are looking forward to taking the journey with you! We look forward to finally being able to share some first looks at how all those systems are coming together and give you some glimpses into the world of Wasteland 3. In the meanwhile, all of us at inXile wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! Safe travels if you are heading anywhere!