I know this won't make up for all the posts you guys have to read, and all the inherent rudeness of some comments, but I couldn't wish for a better company in charge of one of my timeless favorites. You may not have the most consistent track history of balancing around multiplayer/mechanics, but having such a dedicated group of people working on this game and hearing the community suggestions makes me so glad to have found this gem of a game.
I haven't played yet, but this is what potential reads like.
-Goose can now escape overbearing threats by literally Jesus-walking away.
-Goose now allows Woodie to rush the Lunar Island super early, which is actually a team-play, since he already has the best Axe and good damage.
-Goose is now an amazing scout, able to find the Salt spots and the Malbatross nest faster than anyone.
-Leaving anchored boats mid-ocean as Goose-checkpoints is now absolutely viable, and synergizes well with the amount of wood Woodie can gather, Allowing for outside-the-box strats.
-Mo0se can now actually beat bosses.
-Mo0se still can't heal, which is a completely viable downside to such a powerhouse.
-Mo0se is now the best early-game fighter, and completely viable mid- and late-game.
-Clearing tree-lanes before fights to use as Moose-runways is now absolutely viable, and incentivizes preemptive thinking and battleground knowledge.
-The forms now last long enough to get things done.
-The downside of 0 Hunger is fair, and forces players to plan ahead, something Woodie mains are already quite used to.
-It is viable to spam-transform to keep a form going for longer, but requires even more planning. Rewarding players for taking risks is a core mechanic that was lacking in the first draft, and it's good to see it here.
-Woodie is a all-around strong generalist, with access to many powerful and unique abilities, but still requires preparation to reach full potential. He may be leaning on the strong side a wee bit much, but nothing worth setting the forums on fire (again).
-Lucy's colors are now correct on the "Now Available!" poster, which is the objectively best thing.