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    InXile Entertainment announced today in a Fig update that First Access ($75) or higher tier backers will get to try the Wasteland 3 alpha on August 21. The game was first announced back in September 2016, with the crowdfunding campaign on Fig taking place in October. InXile Entertainment managed to raise over $3 million of a $2.75 million goal. At E3 2019, we saw an official trailer showcasing the glacial Colorado landscapes, as well as some snapshots of characters.

    According to the update, this alpha build will focus on combat and revolve around the final stretch of your journey. You will deal with one of the antagonist’s children, known as the Psychopath. Your character at this point is supposed to be at a higher level build. You won’t have the opportunity to mess around with character builds, as the Perk and Skill menus will be blocked off. You’re just there to deal with the Psychopath in the mountain town of Aspen, and you’ll experience most of the combat systems, including the player vehicle.

    Wasteland 3: Alpha and soon Early Access

    If you didn’t back Wasteland 3 on a high enough tier to earn you access to the alpha, you can wait for the Early Access release. There’s no date announced for the Early Access release yet, but InXile Entertainment has confirmed it. Backers will be able to redeem one key for both the alpha build and the Early Access build. A GOG key for the final product will still be available for backers who will try the alpha and Early Access builds. Alpha players will be able take screenshots, make videos, and stream their alpha experience of Wasteland 3.

    Wasteland 3 will release by spring of 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

    Were you a backer of Wasteland 3? Are you looking forward to trying the alpha? Do you think the sequel will improve over Wasteland 2? Drop your comments below and tell us what you think!

    Richard Costa
    Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting. I backed the System Shock remake and Underworld Ascendant on Kickstarter, and I really regret the latter but hope the former will turn out okay.

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