Before we begin please go here http://camelotunchained.com/v2/bsc-design-docs/ui-modding/ to better understand what the H’ I am talking about.
I’m a pretty tolerant gamer. I will try to grind through most issues an MMO throws at me before I throw in the towel. The one thing that can send me screaming to the wambulance faster than an instanced world is a terrible UI. You would think, after 20 years of MMOs most companies sort of have a handle on what works VS what doesn’t. Then again what works for me, might not for you.
A UI has sort of become like driving a new car, you hop in, adjust your seat, change the mirrors, adjust the pedals, lower the wheel, put on your lipstick, pull on your wig, switch to your heels, crank up “Goodbye Horses” and drive your cares away!...or something like that...Once you get used to your car, then have to drive someone elses, it just feels weird!
UIs are exactly the same way (exactly, wink). Getting into a new one takes some time and trying to use someone elses set-up is just uncomfortable. The poor Devs have the impossible task of making one UI that fits every MMOer! From the WASD 1-10 player to the Ctrt delete-6 guy! From the leet 13 button mouse guy to the keyboard turner-yes they still exist! How on earth could such a feat be accomplished?!?!
You let them build it for themselves! “Allow the players to take our U.I. to the next level by open-sourcing the entire U.I. code, and not just the mods to it” Thats right, the UI in Camelot Unchained will be made by the players, for the players, right out of the internet itself! It’s like that time a friend of mine somehow managed to shoot arrows out of the internet, but in UI form!
So much potential for great things! And terrifying things!...But mostly great things! Naturally like many of you I have some concerns about haxors as well as mods that overreach and automate more than they should turning the game into AFK Unchained (AKA WOW-what, I semi AFKed through more content than I can remember-mainly because I was mostly afk so I CAN’T remember). It would be extremely disheartening for CU’s ui to morph into something like “Terminator vision” where your enemies entire life history is exposed via a hud allowing you to maximize easy win strats against them but just as I’m sure MANY a PVPer is salivating at the idea, CSE is aware of the same and will take measures to prevent it.
A wise man once wrote “with great power comes great responsibility” let us hope the CU Community is very responsible with the power they are being given with this open sourced UI.