Everything We Know About Wasteland 3 - Release Date, Co-Op, DLC, Game Pass

Published: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 09:00 | By: Robert N. Adams
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If you're not familiar with the Wasteland franchise, you're surely familiar with a franchise that it heavily inspired: Fallout. Now, a third game in the Wasteland franchise is on the way and that leaves us with a lot of questions. When is the Wasteland 3 release date? Will there be Wasteland 3 multiplayer? We'll tell you everything we know!

What is Wasteland 3?

Nuclear weapons have devastated the world and turned it into a nightmare. As one of the few surviving humans, you'll take command of a squad of Desert Rangers—a group of lawmen who are trying to maintain law and order and rebuild civilization in a post-apocalyptic Arizona.

 
 

Wasteland started out as a franchise on PC all the way back in 1988. Then, it entered a very long slumber as the various developers parted ways and headed off to new ventures. It later got revived after a 2012 Kickstarter raised nearly $3 million to get Wasteland 2 produced. From there, the devs finally cooked up Wasteland 3—and now it's all set to launch in 2020.

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Wasteland 3 Platforms — What Platforms is Wasteland 3 Releasing On?

Although the Wasteland franchise got its start on PC, this newest game will be a multiplatform release. No next-gen versions have been announced just yet, nor has a version for the Nintendo Switch.

What platforms is Wasteland 3 releasing on?

  • PC
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • PS4
  • Xbox One

When is the Wasteland 3 Release Date?

When is the Wasteland 3 release date? As with most multiplatform releases, Wasteland 3 isn't coming to all platforms at the same time. That said, the first wave of this game's release is more or less all launching on the same day.

When is the Wasteland 3 PC Release Date?

The Wasteland PC release date is August 28, 2020. You'll be able to play Wasteland 3 on PC via Steam or DRM-free on GOG, and that's not all—there may very well be some modding opportunities for this game in the future.

When is the Wasteland 3 PS4 Release Date?

The Wasteland 3 PS4 release date will be August 27, 2020—one day earlier than its launch on PC. That said, it's possible that the earlier release date will in fact only be a few hours ahead; odds are it's going to launch later in the evening on August 27.

When is the Wasteland 3 PS5 Release Date?

There is not yet any information on a Wasteland 3 PS5 release date. However, the developers have stated that they're using the Unreal 5 Engine, and that should make porting to next-gen consoles a possibility if they want to port the game to the PS5.

 

When is the Wasteland 3 Xbox One Release Date?

The Wasteland 3 Xbox One release date will be on August 28, 2020—the same as the PC launch date, but one day later than the PS4 release date. However, you might not have to buy it at all; Wasteland 3 will also be available via Xbox Game Pass.

When is the Wasteland 3 Xbox Series X Release Date?

There is not yet a Wasteland 3 Xbox Series X release date, either. As with the PS5, however, the game's use of the Unreal 5 engine makes porting to next-gen consoles an option that the developers may consider. We may, however, have to wait a bit for a next-gen Wasteland 3 release date.

When is the Wasteland 3 Nintendo Switch Release Date?

There is no Wasteland 3 Nintendo Switch release date just yet—it hasn't yet been announced for this platform. However, Wasteland 2: Director's Cut was released on the Nintendo Switch, so that means there's probably a good chance that there will be a Nintendo Switch Wasteland 3 release date.

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Will There Be Wasteland 3 DLC?

Yes, there will be Wasteland 3 DLC. An interview in late 2019 revealed that the developers have plans for post-launch content, although they haven't quite started development just yet.

"The team definitely has some ideas for stories and content that we’d like to work on as DLC after the game launches, but nobody is actually working on it yet," said Wasteland 3 Game Director Tim Campbell in an interview with SegmentNext. "Wasteland 3 is such a sprawling and reactive game that we’re spending 100% our time and effort on making the game experience as great as possible."

Is There a Wasteland 3 Beta?

Yes, there is a Wasteland 3 beta — or rather, there was a beta. The beta was exclusively for people who backed the game on Fig, but the beta concluded in June 2020.

That means that you won't be able to play the game early in any fashion—you're just going to have to wait for the Wasteland 3 release date. You're in for a ton of fun (and a serious challenge) based on what we've seen of Wasteland 3 so far.

Is There a Wasteland 3 Demo?

No, it doesn't look like there will be a Wasteland 3 demo. There's no mention of a demo as far as we can see, and there isn't a demo available for the previous game Wasteland 2: Director's Cut, either. If you want to play this game at all, you're probably going to have to buy it.

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Is Wasteland 3 Multiplayer?

Yes, Wasteland 3 is multiplayer, but it might not work quite how you think. Details on Wasteland 3 multiplayer were shared in a Fig backer update.

"In Wasteland 3, you can start a multiplayer-specific campaign with a friend," the backer updated explained. "The campaign will then be tied to both of you. Once started, you won't be able to 'replace' your friend with another, but if either of you can't continue playing for any reason, it will be possible to 'spin off' a single-player campaign from your multiplayer world state."

Either way, you'll be able to enjoy the game with a friend. While you're at it, you might as well try to kill absolutely everyone you see—just because you can.

Is Wasteland 3 Co-Op?

Yes, Wasteland 3 will be co-op. You and another friend can each independently control your own squads and even run off to explore other areas of the map. The world map has been streamlined, too, so it should be easier than ever to explore. Unfortunately, you will have to be together in order to experience some of the more important moments in the story.

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Will There Be Wasteland 3 Mods?

There's no official word on Wasteland 3 modding support just yet. However, there are a handful of mods floating around out there for Wasteland 2, so we may see people make mods anyway even if there isn't any official support.

Will There Be A Wasteland 3 Xbox Game Pass Release?

Yes, there will be a Wasteland 3 Xbox Game Pass release as noted on the game's landing page on the Xbox website. According to that page, the game will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the Wasteland 3 release date of August 28, 2020.


Wasteland 3 continues a fine tradition of putting players into a brutal world and having them make tough choices. If you're a fan of old-school tactical RPGs like the first Fallout game or XCOM, then you'll definitely want to pick up this game when the Wasteland 3 release date comes around.


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