The release date for upcoming RPG The Waylanders will be revealed at the IGN Summer Showcase, whose main event was recently postponed to June 8. In the meantime, we've been sent a few details about the fluffy (and un-fluffy) things that can join our party in the Dragon Age-adjacent RPG.
The Ranger class can recruit from a selection of 12 pets in The Waylanders, which is quite a bit of choice when it comes to RPG animal companions. (Although there's something to be said for just having a lot of bears.)
As you can see above, a vicious bunny is one option. Here's the full list from developer Gato Studio:
- Dog - A furry friend with a distracting bark and sharp bite
- Wolf - A cunning pack hunter with a self-healing attacks and an invigorating howl
- Wild Boar - A tough ally with sharp tusks and a devastating charge
- Deer - A swift fighter with sharp hooves and a hard skull
- Rabbit - A lightning-quick companion with some unexpected tricks
- Bear - A fearsome guardian with savage jaws
- Raven - A dark omen on wings with a razor beak
- Jay - A colorful bird with sharp talons and a swooping assault
- Panther - A lithe predator that favors pouncing and biting
- Spider - A patient, terrifying huntress with a prickly web
- Dragon - A legendary beast with powerful wings and explosive breath
- Drake - A scaly-skinned carnivore with a lethal charge and deadly breath
While other classes won't get permanent pets to hang out with, some can summon temporary pals. "Summon the Wild, for example, allows a Healer to call a spiritual guardian to the party's aid," says Gato. Goblin companion Trasté can also summon wisps that can be "ammunition for certain abilities" or explode to deal damage.
It was two years ago that we first published a look at The Waylanders, and we noted then that Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw was involved with the project. Back then, we said that the RPG was targeting an early 2020 release, and it looks like that prediction was on target.
For now, Gato says the release is "closer than you think." We'll get the date during IGN's show on June 8.
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