These so-called ‘State of the Game’ addresses are a fantastic way for developers to talk about a product. Most of them focus on the future, rather than the current incarnation, but any straight talk from a developer, be it producer or writer, is a godsend for players. Few addresses are truly notable, but the latest from Dave “Archangel” Haydysch, a producer for Fallen Earth, is one of the few.
The first-person shooter MMOG will be receiving (at least) two bloated patches by the end of the year, according to Archangel. The leader, which is scheduled for September, will focus on overhauling combat and factions. It will be one of “several major patches” to roll out “major changes” to these two important areas.
We will be changing some of the formulas to create a more fast-paced, exciting combat experience. Major changes coming soon involve adjusting high levels of mitigation, tweaking the random damage spread and making armor require statistics (like Faction or Strength) and character level (rather than Armor Use skill). However, Armor Use skill will still determine how well armor performs. After these changes are in place, we will be making adjustments to Faction skills, Mutations and regular skills, and a balance pass for Items.
The second patch was more teased, rather than discussed. All we know is that Factions and Clan Strongholds are scheduled for a December debut.
iTZKooPA will be covering the aforementioned content as part of the PAX Prime 2010. Stay tuned.