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August 6th, 2019, 09:25
The latest Wasteland 3 update talks about when to expect Alpha.

Getting the Engine Warmed Up

Posted: 08/06/2019 For Alpha Eyes Only

The Wasteland 3 Alpha is closer than ever, and those of you who have pledged at the First Access ($75) or higher tier (or added the Alpha as an add-on) will soon be getting hands-on with the game. Come August 21 you'll be setting foot in the frozen post-apocalyptic Colorado for the first time.

This is an early preview, so we want to get in a few disclaimers. This demo is firmly an Alpha, so every single piece of the game you'll see and play will very much be a work in progress. While we're going to do our best to provide a stable build, you should expect some amount of crashes, performance drops, compatibility issues, etc. to be possible. That's part of what we're testing and getting your feedback on. Speaking of which, stay tuned for official feedback and reporting methods.

The Alpha is combat-focused, and revolves around the last leg of your journey to deal with one of the Patriarch's children, lovingly known as the Psychopath. At this point in the game you're higher level, and are taking the last few steps to deal with him in the mountain town of Aspen--however you choose to do that. You'll get to experience most of the systems related to combat, including the player vehicle. We will have some things purposely blocked off, like the Perk and Skill menus, and multiplayer, which aren't quite ready to see just yet.

Traversing the world map in Wasteland 3.

While the full game will include the deep narrative choices, colorful characters, and all of the broad RPG systems and experiences you know and love in Wasteland, our goal with the Alpha is to get early testing and feedback on combat basics and a sense of how players are tackling the game in terms of its level designs and available systems, and we're hoping you put it through its paces.

And Everyone Else

For many of you who didn't back at the Alpha tiers, you'll be looking forward to Early Access, which is the second demo we'll have before launch. Alpha and Early Access will both use the same Steam entry (the Alpha will be replaced with the Early Access demo), so Alpha users you'll only need to redeem one key to play both, and Early Access players you'll get your keys later on when we get closer to that point. If you're looking to get the full game on GOG, no worries, while the Alpha and Early Access will be run on Steam, your final product choice won't be impacted.

Of course, Alpha players can take screenshots, videos, livestream, etc. and everyone can enjoy. Player's choice, but based on past experience, you'll probably want to keep an eye on Twitch and Youtube. Our fans have traditionally enjoyed sharing their experiences and impressions.

Meanwhile, in Investor Land!

For those of you who invested in Wasteland 3 beyond just backing the game, be sure to check your Fig-affiliated email for news on a 132% return on your investment. For our non-investment game backers wondering what it means for you, the answer is "Not a darn thing." Wasteland 3 is still arriving on all the promised platforms, and everyone will still be getting their backer rewards. This was just part of the acquisition by Microsoft that got squared away, and was done with full understanding that it wouldn't impact our backer commitments for the game.

Coming Soon to a Screen Near You!

We're all heads are down working on the demo, and don't want to spoil too much, but we couldn't help but tease something else: the Alpha main menu that awaits you!

Thanks again to our backers for your ongoing support, and we look forward to hearing your feedback once the Alpha in your hands.
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August 6th, 2019, 12:29
Nice to see the game is coming together (finally)
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That guaranteed 132% return to Fig investors, post MS buyout, is most interesting Part of the hidden world of lawyers behind the scenes.
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missed the FIG investment
Guess playing the game should suffice.
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It's sounding pretty good to me. This game has a lot to live up to, after the smashing success that Wasteland Two was, and I for one hope they succeed.
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