This is Alex (Satori), and I'm going to tell you what have been done for the past couple of weeks.
The Key Changes
Actually, we have a few crucial changes.
At first, after some time of tinkering with the tactical mode ( the pause a la VATS), we realised that it's not coming along well with the overall game's mood. The further prototyping has revealed many cons of the initial design. This feature just feels and plays odd... It doesn't mean we fully reject this idea, we put it "on hold" until we come up with a better design for it. However, at the same time, these prototypes have also shown us the great potential of stealth elements. They create a vast space for tactics, but in a slightly different shape. We are planning to go farther into implementation of stealth mechanics....
Certainly, we understand it may/will put some people off, but we do believe that such alteration will be beneficial for the experience.
The second important thing is that we are going to change is actually based on your feedback. During the KS campaign we received quite a strong message that you'd like to see more rpg elements like character progression. We have thought a lot about it, and probably it's a good idea. We will make possible to change and upgrade your character's primary attributes and skills, however, the progression will not depend on or correlate with the number of enemies your character kills.
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