sbock wrote:Good question. So what's the deal with the non Steam disc?
I'll just quote the important parts:
1. Your non-Steam disc will be pre-patched to the most recent version of the game at that time of printing.
2. There will not be any additional shipping fee or other payment required to receive it.
3. We will not be re-sending your existing reward format (large box or Collector's Edition); the new non-Steam disc will come in a separate case.
Currently we do not have a set ship date for these, but we will contact you with more details in the future.
Point 1 was the one I was most concerned about as originally, they were going to be Day 1 Patch versions, which still had serious
issues (infinite enemy running, Hollywood, etc). Sounds like they'll be holding off at least until Patch 5. Even without balance passes, I'm satisfied with that. Hell, pretty much anything post Patch 3 would be fine from a playability/stability standpoint.
IHaveHugeNick wrote:Month of work for a balance pass? Why not just tackle the elephant in the room, aka Assault Rifle and some progression problems with armor and certain weapon lines.
Because everything's connected and if you "fix" assault rifles without looking at everything else, you haven't actually fixed anything.
Getting the mod tools out faster
This, on the other hand, I fully support. Of course, people have been whining about balance for so long that I'm not surprised inXile is focusing on that instead of mod tools.