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inXile reveal Wasteland 3's party system

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inXile reveal Wasteland 3's party system

Game News - posted by Bubbles on Thu 24 November 2016, 20:10:45

Tags: 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:

“I like the concept of you starting off alone and trying to survive with all the elements against you, so you don’t get the luxury of having your squad around helping to save your ass,” starts Fargo. “The thing with role-playing games is that at the start, we’re already asking you to spec out a guy before you really understand what’s best. And it compounds the problem when we’re asking you to spec out four people before you know what’s best. So, for all those reasons, we really liked that, from both a psychological perspective and also from a gameplay perspective.”

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:

In Wasteland 3, we're still building on Wasteland 2's party-based system and giving you the ability to create and customize Rangers. The main difference is we're planning for you to start out as a single character, before forming a full party out of created characters and companions.​

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:

And if that single character dies but one or more of the party created later do not, does the game end?​

You can still continue playing if that character dies.​

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