BetaBites has forged a very shining and easy to read Wizardry 8 Preview with some of their talented staff. It features a few pretty pics of the press release demo and a good overview of what's expected in the final. Here's a piece:
Now scattered throughout the game area are many different items, weapons, potions, etc. All you need to do is pick them up. You can also drop unneeded items. However, selling them for cold cash is the preferable method. You can also purchase various items from NPC's. I tried to pick ole' Burz's (NPC) pocket, and he didn't like that at all. I ticked him off good, and had to give him some major items before he would trade with me again. I even asked him to join our party; he declined. Be sure and talk to the NPC's for information, too!