New Wasteland 3 Dev Diary Talks Plot, Villians, And God-President Reagan

The latest update from InXile on Wasteland 3 shows off both story and satire.

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Those who have been waiting for an update on Wasteland 3 will be glad to know that InXile Entertainment has released a new Dev Diary with details on the game's world, characters, and more.

This is the second dev diary for Wasteland 3 after the first dropped on publisher Deep Silver's official YouTube channel last week. While that particular video focused on character creation and combat in the tactical RPG, yesterday's dev diary release has a bigger focus on the narrative.

InXile's studio head, Brian Fargo, spoke briefly about Wasteland 3's relationship with the previous titles in the series, describing the protagonists' start in this third installment as involving working with "the new patriarch of Colorado who's an authoritarian".

In the Dev Diary, senior writer Nathan Long noted that one pertinent consideration for the narrative team was their goal of giving Wasteland 3 the same "flavour, moral questions, pathos and humor" as Wasteland 2.

This manifests in the form of difficult life-and-death decisions, and Fargo was careful to note that the latest story's focus would be much more personal than the usual broad-brush motif of heroes saving the world.

Fans of the Wasteland series will also get to learn a little bit more about other factions present in the game. There's a cult who worships President Reagan (yes, but it's God-President to all the infidels), a "lovable, corruptible bodyguard", and all manner of odd characters bumbling about the deadly landscape rife with killer robots.

This latest Dev Diary promises more than your average amount of drama and satire, and it'll be interesting to see how the full game plays when it launches on August 28 this year on Steam.

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