We already know that all legal owners of inXile’s Wasteland 2 are getting the improved GOTY edition for free. What we don’t know, however, are what the changes the new version is bringing will look like. For those curious about the minute details of these new features, a Kickstarter post goes over each one.
Character creation is getting a huge overhaul, according to the update, with a brand new interface that allows you to see the entire party’s stats at a glance rather than having to go backward and view each one individually. To match that new feature, the customization screen has been cleaned up and re-sorted, as you can see in the picture below.
There’s also the quirk system, which inXile goes over in the final part of the update:
- When we approached quirk design for Wasteland 2, we wanted to achieve a few different goals. It was important for us to avoid quirks that you “have to pick” in order to play your character the right way, or create quirks that are so good you’ll always want to pick them on all your characters. By giving each quirk both an upside and a downside, we can make sure that they are interesting to play without becoming overpowered. This also means that quirks are optional – you can choose to go quirk-free if you want to, and you won’t feel disadvantaged in doing so.
- We also wanted to have quirks that go beyond your typical stat tweaks, and act as fun or unpredictable gameplay modifiers. While some of our quirks take a simpler approach, some will give you a more radical change to gameplay that might require you make careful trade-offs and considerations. Of course, giving them a unique or compelling personality-based theme also means you’ll definitely want to try them out.
inXile has a lot of their plate, with both this and Bard’s Tale IV currently being worked on. Though with what we’ve seen so far, it should be worth the wait.