We all know about the Alternate Models. Some of us love them, some of us hate them, some of us just don’t care. But which is used more often? Do people use one over the other or a combination of both? Are people really happy with the way the models are set up right now or would they like to have a third option? If you’re one of those hoping for a third option, you may get your wish…or maybe not.
From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale:
We discuss the issues around having two sets of models often on the team. We’d all like to get the options down to one set of models, either the main or the Alternate Appearance (which I and others call SOGA). It would be better overall in terms of being able to create assets, animations and so forth as doing them for all races over two model types is an insane amount of work.
We have also discussed doing a whole new set and abandoning the old ones. Also, in terms of all the armor, animations, etc. also many months of work for several artists rather than creating new assets for armor, etc. in game.
But we don’t want to make changes for the sake of them and we’re not sure there’s any way to do this without a negative impact. Some people love their SOGA models, some people love their original models. We can’t disable one without upsetting those who enjoy the other.
We may put it to a vote to the players pretty soon though. Might as well ask so we’re not making assumptions that half the players prefer one or the other appearance.
Maybe we’ll run that as the next poll?
And certainly, as the OP asks, we have looked at forcing the appearance you choose on those around you, but as it is set up now, it’s based on the user’s preferences as you know in terms of which model type to display.
This is being discussed on EQ2 Forums.
Would it actually be better to simply have one model? And if so which one? Or should we just abandon the ones we have available now and go with something completely different?
Tags: character models
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