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First Screenshot Shows Character Creation

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jan 13, 2015  | Comments

First Screenshot Shows Character Creation - MMORPG.com

The Crowfall team has released a pair of new images from the forthcoming title by Artcraft. The first is a screenshot showing the character creation screen. The second image is a concept art shot showing 'city siege'. Both come with some explanations of what is seen and the design process behind each.

This is actually the second image we are releasing from the "Banner Concepts" series. The first was the 'explosive rune', which you can find toward the bottom of the website homepage.

The goal of the series was to create a number of unique images, each of which capture a single moment of gameplay. These images were not intended to be generic; we built these scenes using our characters, in our environments, acting within the scope of our vision. A single Banner Concept is the end result of numerous ideas, discussions, illustrations and sketches compiled over the last year (or so) of pre-production.

Why show character creation first?  A few reasons:
 

  • This a functional prototype of character creation (with actual 2D and 3D game assets), not just a mockup. The character (the Knight archetype) is a fully modeled and animated avatar.  
  • That character will give you a small taste of the Character art style.  Compare this character to our concepts, you can see that we're shooting for a fairly literal translation of the style.
  • This shot shows off the initial class (archetype) selection options, exposing the wide array of base characters (archetypes)
  • It also provides solid hints at the inner working of a handful of core systems: Combat, movement, skills, advancement and (of course) character creation / customization
  • It showcases the user interface style.  As you can see, we're going for a streamlined and modern look -- emphasizing quick access to game information over the standard "parchment and leather" fare.

Read more on the Crowfall site and forum.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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