Wasteland Three Interview: Brian Fargo Tells GameSpot About Providing Significant Decisions

GameSpot has officially kicked off Play For All–a celebration of all things gaming–and we were recently joined by Brian Fargo to talk about his long career and his upcoming title, Wasteland 3. Fargo talks about numerous topics with editor Michael Higham in the video below, and gives us a few interesting insights into the upcoming third Wasteland game.

Fargo reflects on the long road between Wasteland 1 and 2, and tells us that Wasteland 3 players won’t need to have played the first two to understand what is happening. However, fans familiar with the series will get several Easter eggs and returning characters. “There’s a lot of inside humor, there are things that only you would get,” he says. “There are some parts that will feel more meaningful,” and some characters return from both previous games, he explains–but it’s not necessary to have played them.

Fargo talks about the importance of choice and consequence in the game. “We think that true consequence, meaningful consequence, is what makes these worlds super immersive,” Fargo says, explaining that they “leaned into” this aspect of the game harder than ever for Wasteland 3. He says your choices might pay off “10 hours later, 20 hours later” during the game.

Fargo digs into specific examples of how choice and consequence works–but you’ll have to watch the video for all the details. Suffice it to say, it sounds like the game will react to your actions in multiple ways as you play through it. He also gives some insight into how a game like this gets made, which is very interesting.

Wasteland 3 is coming on August 28 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4–even though developer inXile Entertainment is now owned by Microsoft.

Play For All is continuing on into July. Join us as we bring you the summer’s hottest news, previews, interviews, features, and videos, as well as raise money for Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts with the help of our friends from around the gaming world. Check out the Play For All schedule for more.

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