Wasteland 3 Joins the List of Games Delayed Due to Coronavirus

August is the new May.

We’re in April now, but since time, dates, and calendars are all human constructs that don’t mean anything when it comes to a worldwide pandemic like the COVID-19, things are still the same as they were yesterday on March 31. That means companies are still adjusting to things like working from home and putting the safety of their employees above all else, which means there will be delays. And Wasteland 3 (which seemed like it was shaping up quite nicely) is now on the list of games and other products delayed since the pandemic began.

Now, Wasteland 3 will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, and Linux on Aug. 28, 2020. In a statement posted to the series’ Twitter page, InXile Entertainment Studio Head Brian Fargo said the extra time will allow the studio to overcome the logistical challenges of this new setup, as well as integrate feedback given to the game’s beta, which began last month on March 17.

Fargo’s full statement reads as follows:

“As with most companies, we moved to a work-from-home environment some weeks ago, 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.

We’re in a great position with both Microsoft and Deep Silver supporting our desire to ensure the game launches in the best possible circumstances, and to add a few extra months to ensure this is a stellar product on day one. With that, the new Wasteland 3 release date is Aug. 28, 2020.

That’s time we’re putting into acting on Beta feedback and suggestions, optimization, polishing and refinements, and making sure we have an awesome co-op experience. We’re pouring our hearts into this game, and the last thing we want is to have anything but an amazing launch for a product we truly believe in.

We appreciate everyone’s excitement and continued support as we put a few more months into ensuring that on launch day Wasteland 3 is the experience you’ve been waiting for.”

In other news:

This is an unfortunate trend in the news these past few months as the industry at large attempts to find some semblance of normalcy during this pandemic. While delays like Wasteland 3’s have been common, a few of these games have found new release dates, like The Outer Worlds’ Switch port, which finally landed on a new date just yesterday. Game development is but one side of the industry that’s suffering right now, as industry events like E3, Gamescom, and GDC are all going different ways of adjusting to the state of things. E3 has been cancelled, GDC has been postponed, and Gamescom announced yesterday that it would be leaning into digital events when it comes around in August.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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