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inXile reveal Wasteland 3's party system
Game News - posted by Bubbles on Thu 24 November 2016, 20:10:45Tags: Brian Fargo; Chris Keenan; Eric Schwarz; inXile Entertainment; Thomas Beekers; Wasteland 3
After obstinately dodging the question for the entire duration of his Figstarter, Brian Fargo has finally strung together a semi-coherent explanation for his latest act of design vandalism:
Keenan agrees, and the team have been watching Twitch streams to see how the players actually enjoyed the game. “It seemed like there was a group of people who were used to that old-school character creation right off the bat, with lots of stats and numbers, who you could tell just immediately loved,” he says, but there were other people who were more apprehensive to that creation system, and Keenan offers a solution. “What if we give the player a little bit of a sense of the world so they can start to feel it out and then building that stuff up afterwards so they can really make it count?”
It’s an interesting idea, but the concern must surely be that this strays from what fans of Wasteland are used to. Keenan is aware of that worry and is quick to calm fears. “You’ll still create your party,” he explains. “You’ll have your initial character, and then you will certainly come across a wide range of NPCs throughout the world. But you will be able to adjust the stats of other party members.”
So they've ripped out one of the most distinctive features of the Wasteland franchise because "other people" on Twitch found it overwhelming. But no worries, you'll still "create your party" by recruiting NPCs with respeccable stats. Best of both worlds!
They couldn't have told us about this while the Figstarter was still going on? No, of course not.
Update 1: inXile developer Eric Schwarz has issued a statement on the Wasteland 3 forums:
We have reached out to inXile with a request for further clarification.
Update 2: inXile developer Thomas Beekers has also made a statement in response to a fan question:
You can still continue playing if that character dies.