A message from the developers behind the game Ship of Heroes
Progress on the CCT continues.
We’ve been experimenting with how to solve the dilemma we’ve created…we’re giving players so many choices, so many options, that no other MMO character creator we’re aware of can match us. But this also means that an individual player could literally spend weeks trying out options.
It’s important to realize that most of us are not artists, and it is actually complex to fiddle with all of the sliders individually, while trying to achieve a certain “look.” How do you want her jawline to look, now that you can control that, for example?
So we face a dilemma — make it simpler by reducing player choice, or do something else. We opted for something else.
We’re adding in some randomize buttons, so that once you choose a model (male, female, or big guy) a player can click the button to see many different versions of character. You can still fiddle and adjust a character one slider at a time of course. Or find a randomized character you like and make adjustments to that.
Then, for costumes, you can use the randomize costume button and see your avatar in different kinds of costume and clothing combinations. And of course you can manually override that and just choose what you want from the options.
Then you can hit the randomize colors (for the clothing, not the hair, etc.) and see how it looks. Or just pick the colors you like manually.
And you can go back and forth if you want to change something that occurred earlier in the process once you have run through it all once.
We now have it on our list to create a video of this, but give us some time, we’re still coding and adjusting. But this selection process is going to make it much easier for a player with modest art skills to get what they want, in a reasonable amount of time.
Of course, “reasonable” is in the eye of the beholder.