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Paragon Studios
MMORPG | Setting:Super-Hero | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 04/27/04)  | Pub:NCSoft
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Overcoming the Impossible

Posted by Jon Wood on Aug 06, 2009  | Comments

Overcoming the Impossible -

NCsoft's Matt "Positron" Miller, the Lead Designer for the five year old City of Heroes MMO, writes this developer journal discussing the Powers Customization system that will be available in Issue 16.

Ok, maybe "impossible" is overstating it, but "Overcoming the Boat Load of Work" just doesn't have the right ring to it. You see, when City of Heroes was made over five years ago, customizing the look of your powers was never considered. When the art for the powers was done, the colors for the powers were "baked in," in such a way that it would be impossible to tint them to a different color later. It wasn't until we had our first feedback from outside the company that we realized the corner we had painted ourselves into.

You see, we had given players the most customizable character creator ever seen in an MMO. In a genre where individuality was sometimes very hard to come by, yet desired by nearly everyone who played, we offered your heart's content of custom options for your look even before you logged into the game. Or so we thought we did. We had not considered the fact that everyone's Power Blast looked like everyone else's. It wasn't just Energy Blast either, it was every single power set in the entire game.

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