The Repopulation team has been quite active this week with a new lore series and a recent Ask Me Anything series on Reddit. The lore, "Evening Star", continues today with the next two chapters. The AMA took questions from fans of the game that included explanations about why someone would want to play TR and what type of rigs the game is being developed on.
Will it be possible to have a balance between combat skills and trading skills and still enjoy the game, or would it be better to chose one or the other when you start playing?
Depends on how much time you have to play. We don't have caps to the number or mastery of skills so you can invest in each skill line how you see fit. It does take awhile to master each, so it does make sense to focus in fewer areas or work with others who can help to fill in the holes.
Progression is both vertical (gaining more skill unlocks more abilities, better results from recipes, etc) and horizontal (I am skilled in both rifles and first aid so I can switch those roles if needed). Our vertical progression isn't as polarizing like in WoW (you might not be able to take a more skilled player in a 1vs1, but a 2vs1 it is very possible).