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Wasteland 3 now delayed until August

The role-playing game was expected in May

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Wasteland 3, the next in the cult classic series of computer role-playing games from Brian Fargo’s InXile Entertainment, is delayed until Aug. 28. The game was previously scheduled to release on May 19. The head of the studio made the announcement today on Twitter, citing complications from social distancing requirements brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

“As with most companies, we have moved to a work-from-home environment some weeks ago,” Fargo tweeted Tuesday morning, “and that’s of course introduced new challenges that many of us throughout the world have been learning to manage. We’ve been excited to see the Wasteland 3 Beta so well received, but the reality is that with these new logistical challenges our release was going to be impacted.”

First announced in September 2016, Wasteland 3 was crowdfunded on the Fig platform to the tune of $3.12 million before adding Deep Silver as its publisher. The game takes place in a completely different part of post-apocalyptic America than Wasteland 2, which focused on an arid portion of the Arizona desert. Polygon had hands on with the game last summer, calling it “prettier and more polished” than its predecessor, which was released in 2014.

Fargo went on to add that his team is taking these few extra months to adjust based on the recent beta, and “to ensure the game launches in the best possible circumstances.”

Wasteland 3 will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. It will also be part of the Xbox Game Pass program.

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