The original Wasteland came out in 1988 and is regarded as a cult classic. The game takes place in 2087, 89 years after an all out nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union turned vast swaths of the Earth into a hellish wasteland. Survival is a daily struggle against thirst, hunger, radiation, raiders, and mutants. You step into the shoes of a "Desert Ranger," the remnants of the American Army who survived the nuclear holocaust by holing up in a maximum security prison. You're the only law around.
The game is currently available on platforms like GOG.com for $5.99 and looks like The Oregon Trail. It features basic visuals to say the least. Luckily, inXile Entertainment is working on a remaster of the original. It's unclear when it'll launch or how far long the title is, but we do know that it's in active development. This information was revealed in a somewhat casual tweet on Twitter.
This is massive news to say the least. The original Wasteland inspired games like Fallout and is regarded by many as the godfather of the modern post-apocalyptic role-playing game. According to the developer, it was one of the first reactive and immersive worlds that delivered persistent consequences to player choices.
Hopefully inXile will reveal more about the project in the coming months. Maybe Microsoft will have a surprise for us at E3 2019. Who knows? The fact that it's in development is a reason to celebrate.
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