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The Story Behind the "Commando" Joke

Posted by Suzie Ford on Apr 04, 2011  | Comments

The Story Behind the "Commando" Joke - MMORPG.com

The Arena.Net blog has been updated with a post by Cinematics Lead Horia Dociu, called in the blog as the 'mastermind' behind last Friday's April Fool's joke about the Commando class. Check out why this was the perfect gag to play on unsuspecting fans.

As soon as I thought of the idea, I drew up some rough storyboards of potential skill videos. This helped me generate a big list of all the assets we’d need to make the profession reveal seem believable—video production, models, wallpapers, web stuff, etc. A full profession reveal takes a lot of work because we’re still very much in the midst of production, so I also had to be creative with managing our resources. I started with the awesome eagle logo that Daniel Dociu, our art director, designed. Then I drew up a rough concept of a cool commando uniform and asked Delly, one of our talented cinematic artists, if he wanted to help. On his own time and in between assignments at work, he created a full custom 3D sculpt and generated the in-game model. I then borrowed a pellet gun from my friend Brent and had Monty and Matt, our cinematics animators, rig me up in our motion capture suit. This provided us with rough canned animation for them to tweak and put in game, saving us the complicated process of making the commando actually playable.

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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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