The Technomancer Friendomancer

Posted on 19 May 2016 by
L Coulsen

It’s a busy time for Focus, they have several games on the way across this and next year. The one I’m, perhaps, most excited for personally is The Technomancer. Which as well as being (I’m certain of it!) a prequel to Mars: War Logs, once again shows Spiders’ continued upward trend for their games. There are several new features making their way into their latest title. The majority of which we haven’t heard about until now, because they relate to in game companions.

The biggest change, and certainly the most requested, is that companion equipment can now be micromanaged. It’s not just a case of them getting better as they level up, you can equip them with any armour and/or weapon you want. Just as with your own characters. I mean, they’re still gonna’ die somewhere along the way, but at least you have options to hamper that now. On top of that, you can now take two with you at a time. Another Spiders first, and one that I have been especially keen on seeing.

The above trailer also expands, a little, on some of what we already know. Relating to how characters will shape, affect and in turn be affected by the story, and your actions. We’ve already been told that saying or doing the wrong thing can lead to a companion leaving the party. As in actually going away and not coming back. But there will also be characters you meet that will join you, but only after you earn their trust. Something akin to the usual build rapport with X character we see in a lot of games these days, but with the focus being on recruiting them, not just making them be nicer to you in combat.

All in all, the more I see of The Technomancer, the more I drool. Which isn’t so bad, because it will be available across all major platforms, in just over a month, on June 28th. With a review by yours truly in short order. So watch this space.

Official Press Release

The Technomancer, the sci-fi RPG set on Mars, releases on June 28 and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A few days ago the Gameplay Trailer unveiled deep RPG mechanics – character evolution, dynamic combat, crafting, equipment customization, multiple ways to solve quests – as well as a captivating story where all your choices will have a direct impact on the destiny of Mars.

Today, the Companions Trailer unveils how all these gameplay mechanics are enriched by the interactions and relationships you will create with the companions who will follow you in your journey through the Red Planet.

Each companion has his own story. Get to know them because some will join out of loyalty, others out of mere opportunity… or as a result of a chain of unfortunate events. When you are out there, exploring or fighting, you may select up to 2 companions in your party to come with you. Choose carefully, as they all have their own unique fighting styles that should complement your own, including special talents useful for utility, such as crafting, knowledge in science, or lockpicking. Picking one companion over another thus has a significant impact on the way you play The Technomancer, as well as there is an impact on the story you are living.

Your companions all have their agenda or preoccupations. They regularly ask you for help or for favors. Should you decide to accept their requests, you will trigger a special series of missions that let you learn more about their past. These quests follow their unique scenario that enriches the main story. Completing these side quests will add numerous hours of gameplay, and will improve your relationship with your companions…

Your companions level up alongside you. Each one gets his own inventory from where you can modify their gear at any time. Equip them with new weapons and armour that you can upgrade with your crafting talents. Make sure to provide them with the best equipment, you will drastically increase their survivability and lethality. And, you can also make sure they look appropriately badass as they run with you around the deadly place that is Mars.

Each of your companions has his/her own behavior, opinions, and moral code. If you act too much against their beliefs, they might get so upset that they would go so far as to leave your group. On the contrary, shine and prove worthy of their trust, and you’ll nurture friendships… or even romances. All your decisions will have irreversible consequences on Mars and its inhabitants!

Forge the destiny of Mars in this epic sci-fi RPG, available June 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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