This weekend we'll be kicking off another alpha test! Join us July 26-28 as we tested the latest changes to the game. This time, we've focused on refining Lucky Jack and Andrea's playstyle and identity, along with completely overhauling the new player experience.
With this new design pass, we wanted to achieve four things for Lucky Jack:
With those goals in mind, the backbone of Jack's playstyle now is his new passive, Thrill of the Fight. When Jack kills a monster in combat, his party gains a draw. So long as Jack keeps rampaging across the Wastes (and has the life to do it), he's free to draw as many cards as he wants. Keep in mind that this passive means Jack has to strike the killing blow; that might change whether you decide to have Jack as an escort for weaker characters.
We're introducing 3 new abilities for Jack this patch as well, and we have reworked Brace for Impact, Adrenaline Surge, Ready 4 Round 2, and Magnetic Coils.
Cecilia Andrea Belyle
Our initial concept for Andrea was the risk/reward balance in her speed and fight; the core idea was that she could draw a lot of cards if you chanced it, but would be hurt terribly if forced into combat. We wanted this so badly that we implemented the ability to end your exploration phase early more or less entirely for her. But in all of our playtests, we’ve never once seen a player say “you know what, I don’t want to draw this 4th card” unless they knew exactly what it was and that Andrea would meet certain death if she drew it.
At the same time, Andrea’s become a catch-all for things not just speed related, but mechanical, scrap, consumable, crafting, etc. As a result, our goals with Andrea were the following:
Andrea will also be getting 3 new abilities, 3 new blueprints, and changes to Scavenge, Build-a-Bomb-Kit, and Rechargeable Power Core!
New Player Experience
Lastly, the entire progression through the tutorial is revamped. Two new tutorial sessions and nearly a dozen additional scenes have been added. Every account has been wiped so you can experience this content fresh, and learn not just about the core session mechanics, but about Adventure Mode, Upgrades, Matchmaking and more!
Hope to see you in the Wastes tomorrow!