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A look at some our in-progress mockups and animations to show the evolution of the combat screen.

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In the last couple of weeks and months we thought a lot about the look of our combat screen.

After the first experiments we knew we didn't want the almost classical side view perspective. It reminded us too much of rts games, something we did not want to look like.

Instead we quickly started thinking about some 3rd person perspective. Something like this mockup shows:

combatscreen 04

However we clickly realized that 3d was going to be much more involved - even with the simple low poly style we had planned. We did not have time or budget, so we considered doing the same perspective, but in 2d. For that Anjin made a short aimation test, using very few frames, some simple lighting and some image distortion. The result turned out pretty great:

ani test optimized

However that too seemed to be much to much for our small team. So we cut back even further and ended up with an almost board-game like view on the game:

combat test 007 sm

This is the final view we're working with. It has a bunch of positive effects:

  • Simpler: The view is not cluttered with unneccessary information
  • Quicker: This requires less work and is faster to build
  • Cheaper: Less assets means fewer costs

Of course a downside is that there's less of a window into the world, but we're confident that this view will be easier to play and a lot of fun. It has been in our playtest sessions!

Till next time,

- Martin

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