Frank Ross, the President of Black Masque Games, sat down to answer some questions from Staff Writer Jon Wood recently. Within, Wood probes to find out more about this unique looking MMORPG.
| MMORPG.com: Your game is being presented in 2.5D. What does this mean?
Frank Ross: With most of the gaming world trying to outdo each other with their wide variety of 3D looks, we chose to return to the “classic” look made famous in some of the Disney epics. We wanted our graphics positioned somewhere between cartoons and photo-realistic. We think we have achieved that goal, and from the early critiques, it appears we have appealed to a broad spectrum of players.
By definition there is no actual 2.5D, but we differentiate in that the scenes are all rendered in “vanishing point perspective” as opposed to the more common isometric perspective. This means that characters, objects, critters, and landscape are scaled dependent on the distance from the foreground and they use the correct perspective for accurate portrayal. Landscape items and other permanent objects can be walked around and behind. The game is room based and the camera view is always 3rd person.
We suspect that if successful, someone will come out with a 2.6D version. :)
Take a look at the full Q&A here.