The artificers are delighted, because it which floats is reworked a little in the next update of Risk of Rain 2. Called Scorched Acres, the new update will present a new survivor, a new boss to fight, a new area to explore. and all kinds of other changes you can read about here. During IGN Live earlier today, developers Hopoo also talked about some upcoming changes to the Artificer in the next update.
The Artificer will get a new passive in order to polish it a bit. By conserving space, you’ll be able to hover in place, and it doesn’t have a cooldown, the developers described it as “sort of unlimited”. They also mentioned that you would slowly float down, so it was slightly confusing how the passive will appear in the game. They hope this will allow the Artificer to position himself better in fights, and that he can also be used to prevent fall damage. The goal is to transform the Artificer from a survivor who fights from the ground to one who can fight in the air, raining destruction on his enemies.
Speaking of enemies
Speaking of enemies, they’ve also reworked some of the math behind how she deals damage, and she’ll do more damage with large single target attacks, but a little weaker with abilities that deal constant damage. This roughly means its M2 capacity; the charged nano-bomb, should end up doing more damage than it currently does. This is, for me, the most satisfying ability of his kit, so taking damage to it seems like a good thing to me.
The Artificer is in an interesting place where most of the time she feels like she has the most destructive potential of any character, but she also feels like she’s much more at the mercy of the Item drops. than others. While you can be pretty confident in the other survivors, except maybe Mercenary, Artificer looks like a real ‘party or famine’ case. Great items will lead to great runs, but nothing short of it will lead to some hard times.
I can’t wait to see how it plays out once the Scorched Acres update rolls out. There is no version for the update yet, but we will keep you posted with any new information made available by Hopoo.