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Wccftech talked with Amadeus Weidmann, Game Designer at Piranha Bytes about ELEX:
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Piranha Bytes is a German studio well known to fans of roleplaying games. They’ve released well received, even if far from flawless, titles like Gothic 1, 2 and 3 and Risen 1, 2 and 3.
Now, though, they’re switching setting to the sci-fantasy world of ELEX. The title refers to a precious and rare resource that landed on the game’s world when a meteor hit and disrupted civilization.
ELEX is capable of many things, such as enabling magic and powering machines, but it also renders humans emotionless. The game begins when the predetermined main character from the Albs faction crash lands away from home and finds himself without access to ELEX, which opens him to feel for the first time.
With the game now less than a month away (it will launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 17th), we’ve talked with Amadeus Weidmann, Game Designer at Piranha Bytes, to bring you exclusive details of this upcoming adventure
Is there a level cap? Could players unlock all skills (except the faction ones)?
There is no level cap. But each consecutive level needs more and more experience points.
Will it be possible to mix and match weapons without restrictions, for instance using a shield and a gun at the same time?
You can use Swords or other one-handed weapons together with a shield but, for example, a two-handed hammer cannot be used together with a shield. But of course, you can switch from sword and shield to a laser rifle instantly.
Can players expect dynamic encounters or “events” while roaming the open world?
Yes. For example, some creatures in the world have other creatures they would like to eat. So if a raptor randomly meets a little rat, they will start fighting each other. The same goes for NPCs. If some Creatures come near a city, the guards will start to defend their city. The player can even use this to his advantage by luring some enemies who are too strong for him to a city to get some help.
How big is the world of ELEX in terms of size and time to cross it?
This is really hard to say because the world is not flat, there are a lot of mountains, cliffs and stuff like that, so you can’t just walk in a straight line. But what we can say is the size of the world, it is roughly 1.5 times bigger than the world of Gothic 3.