If that's true, it really sucks. I've been using the ESDF scheme for 20 years now (ever since Half Life), and can never get used to the clunky, unintuitive WASD
that is inexplicably the standard. I'm away from my gaming PC for the week, so I hope PB will fix this (if it's true, of course) before I get to play the game on Sunday night.
That should go to other devs as well: people who know how much more intuitive and comfortable the ESDF scheme is should not have to go through hoops to play your game the way they want. We have 102 keys on a keyboard, let us use them as we see fit, godammit!
Ah, please explain how ESDF is more elegant when you've simply moved the same pattern one key right...
What am I missing?
When typing, if your hands are in the resting position (the "starting" position, if you will), your index finger falls on the F key, the pinky on the A key etc. Keyboards, being primarily used for typing and only secondarily for gaming, are designed with that "resting position" in mind. That's why the F key has that little dent on it (as well as the J key, for the right hand). Many keyboards (mine included) are ergonomically designed around that idea, so your hand rests naturally on that position and feels uncomfortable when playing for long periods on WASD.
Besides, when moving one position to the right, you free up a whole column of keys to be pressed by your pinky. For example, many people use left control to crouch, but with ESDF, you can use the A key for the same purpose, which is much more comfortable. Incidentally, that's what made me start using ESDF all those years ago, when I first played Half Life: crouching with control felt so clunky that I moved one column to the right just to free up the A key for crouching. I've never looked back since.
Of course, all I've said is not an attack on people who prefer WASD, and if you're one of them, more power to you. I say that because the thread on Steam about this same subject has devolved into personal attacks and trolling ("people who don't use WASD are stuck in the nineties", "people who use ESDF have brain problems", etc), and I hope this is not gonna be the case here. I'm all for choice, and that's all I'm asking for here: more options. :)