Wasteland 3 is the followup to 2014’s stellar post-apocalyptic roleplaying game. Featuring more depth, more quests, more difficult decisions, and more story than ever before, Wasteland 3 will be a huge meal for RPG fans. That’s why developers inXile are letting you share your apocalyptic dinner with a friend in their brand new co-op mode.
That’s right, no longer will you have to face the raiders, cultists, and mutants of the future alone. You can bring a friend along to share the road as you fight for what’s right, or simply to survive in an unforgiving wasteland.
Not many RPGs have co-op modes so you may have a few questions – that’s why we’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know about Wasteland 3’s co-op mode ahead of its launch date on the 28th of August.
Firstly you’ll be glad to know the full game will be playable in co-op, there’s no splitting the game up or the co-op mode being tacked on. We’re talking fully integrated, full game co-op for two players. Wasteland 3’s co-op is also online so you can be in separate locations when playing, a must in these more isolated times.
Both players will need to own a copy of the game in order to play together and you’ll need to know the person you’re playing with. There’s no matchmaking in Wasteland 3, and there’s also no crossplay available between different platforms, though those who bought it on different stores with different DRM methods on PC will be able to play together.
When you’re playing Wasteland 3 in co-op mode both you and your teammate will receive a copy of the save game on each of your systems. This means if you want to play solo with your character you can load up the game and carry on alone. This also means you can explore different choices to your co-op partner or dive into a different narrative branch. If you want to play with a friend again you simply choose which save game to load, and you’re off again sharing the journey.
In both single player and co-op modes you’ll control six rangers in your squad. In co-op mode you’ll decide how you want to split these up, evenly, or divide them into however you see fit.
Inventory management has also received particular attention from developers inXile. Both players, when playing together, will have a shared inventory. No deciding who gets what, it’s just one big pool that you share together. The hope is that this reduces the chance for griefing or stealing loot, as there’s division between players when playing together.
Now you should be ready to dive into Wasteland 3’s co-op mode and get adventuring through its huge story and expansive world. Are you a Wasteland fan since the 80s, or have you converted more recently? Let us know if you’re looking forward to this latest instalment over on our community forum.