The weirdness surrounding character stats in Pillars of Eternity has been addressed in a patch from. They've managed to "retroactively fix" problems to do with equiping gear.
We also lose our accidentally permanent buffs from certain items and the team has bludgeoned the Raedric's Hold crash on the head. There's also been some censorship with a less-than-politically-correct limerick.
Obsidian has highlighted the "big ticket" items:
▪ Double-clicking to equip items was causing passive abilities to get removed from the character. This has been fixed and we were able to retroactively fix the problem for people that have already run into the issue. If you open your saved game in the latest patch, your characters will be repaired.
▪ Fixed a problem where attributes on characters could permanently increase by equipping certain items. This will also retroactively fix the problem in saved games that have characters with this issue.
▪ The crash in Raedric's Hold has been fixed.
▪ Fixed the looping audio sounds that can occur if you play with minimized tooltips.
▪ Previously Wizard summoned items could persist after the spell's duration. This has been fixed and it will also retroactively fix the problem in saved games that have characters with this issue.
▪ The items Drinking Horn of Moderation and Talisman of the Unconquerable were causing Ciphers to permanently lower their amount of focus gain. We've included a fix to retroactively resolve the issue on Ciphers but the effect is still on the items. Unfortunately the fix will not fix the broken effect on those items, so you'll need to keep those items unequipped until the next patch. If you do equip them, perform a Save/Load to fix your Cipher.
As for the limerick, it has unfortunately fallen victim to censorship calls from themovement. Understandably Obsidian doesn’t want to get sucked into a big controversy, and asked the backer if they wished to change it, to which they said they would to spare the studio.
"They asked me if I wanted to change in light of what happened,"the author, 'Firedorn'.
"I chose to change it so that they can concentrate on the game instead of this PR nightmare. They weren't going to change it, they asked ME if I wanted to. I can find another platform to write my controversial crap, and I will."
"They, on the other hand, did the right thing and allowed me to decide the fate of the epitaph. I chose to turn into something that made fun of the bitch-bastards that were complaining."
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