Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem update will soon replace it’s placeholder skill system with a proper skill tree…and it looks amazing! At first glance it looks simply influenced by games like Final Fantasy 10s Sphere Grid system or Path of Exiles passive skill tree. But a few minutes into the video it’s quickly showing how unique they have designed it unlike anything I’ve ever seen! 4 rings and 5 sections divide the skill tree in Wolcen with the ability to rotate the rings. This allows players to mix and match a large number of possible combinations for customizing your characters powers.
Here’s what the devs had to say via their Steam page
“Hi everyone !
This is a very exciting day for us, as we have been working hard on what lead up to today’s reveal. We are proud to present you the brand new Passive Skills Tree of Wolcen : Lords of Mayhem, which will be added to the game in the next update.
We are planning on releasing hundreds of Passive Skills at once so balancing things will take a little time, but this way you will be able to test a functional version of the PST real soon…We knew from the beginning that we needed a system that allowed a considerable amount of freedom when it comes to builds and gameplay variety, as there is no class system in the game.
We want players to be able to craft their gameplay experience by finding their path through a series of templates inspired by various archetypes. Sections that are closer to the center of the Tree represent broader and well known fantasy archetypes, while sections situated farther away from the center are more specialized and advanced” – Wolcen
They also made an interesting note on the lore behind the feature. And interesting lore is always a big PLUS for me!
“As we are still nailing down the details about the integration of the Passive Tree in the lore of Wolcen, we can’t yet reveal the name of the object itself but we can tell you a little about what lead us to design it that way. Did you notice the three statues surrounding the altar ? They’re inspired by the three Moirai (or Fates) of the ancient Greek mythology. They were goddesses who decided the course of destiny of each human being at the time of their birth, and in our case they assist and watch over anyone who wish to take its destiny at hand. But unlike the mythical Moirai, our deities will let you handle the threads of fate and change paths at will.” – Wolcen
I’m quite excited about this and looking forward to them adding this new system among other features in the near future. I cannot wait to sit down and start playing and theory crafting with this! You can expect to see gameplay on my YouTube channel of this new skill system, and other significant feature updates as soon as it’s available in Wolcen. In the meantime, you can check out the Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem Steam page for more details and purchase Early Access to test and give feedback! Wolcen is currently in Alpha, so still very early in development, but it shouldn’t be long before we see it move into Beta with more features to explore.