New units upgrade appearance

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New units upgrade appearance

Post by Maroni » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:29 pm

The new possibilities of Unreal Engine 4 often prompt us to come up with something new, so the game could turn out to be as much exciting and visually enjoyable as possible. And recently we thought a lot about the appearance of units upgrades. We believe the mere yellowing or brightening or adding glowing effects is very outdated and it's time to make something new and more realistically looking.

Behold, the example of heavy armor upgrade of Isengard warg riders!


As the result of implementing such a system, all units that have an option to be upgraded with something of better quality, will leave their barracks or a respective building in more simple clothing, just chainmail armor or leather in some cases. But once upgraded, units will receive helmets, additional layer of clothing and sometimes even more, depending on the exact unit. In case with these warg riders they leave warg cages without leather armor. Tough leather armor will make them visually different and much more durable in battle!

We know that this might confuse many players at first, as no armor will ever glow as it used to be, yet we think a lot about the efficiency of the system, perhaps, we will add a possibility to see, if units are upgraded with a single sweep of a mouse above the unit or something similarly simple. You also may think that this idea is too much for an RTS game, yet a very successful real strategy game offers such a system, it's StarCraft II, and it's even an e-sport discipline! And after all, our artists will try their best to make very distinctive looks, so any upgrades won't confuse players at all!

We want to ask you, if you like the idea of the new system or not. Or if you have even better ideas, ready to be shared! Choose any of the options above in the poll, share your thoughts about this!

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Re: New units upgrade appearance

Post by Solethria » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:26 am

For me when it's about such a topic, player convenience comes first, realism second (that doesn't mean those two can't co-exist). As long as there is a clear visual distinction between armor and no armor and player colors are clearly visible then why not, sounds cool. Even though i actually liked the armor glow and/or change of color effect as it is clearly visible and adds a sense of danger to these upgraded troops.

Also, sure you can add helmets for armor, but what about the visuals for weapon upgrades?
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Re: New units upgrade appearance

Post by Floris » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:09 am

I really like this idea!

It adds a little immersion which never hurts and satisfaction once you upgrade your troops.

Think most of us know the feeling back in the other games once you have fully upgraded your army. ;)

So expanding on that has only positive results in my eyes!
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Re: New units upgrade appearance

Post by batyu » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:22 pm

yeah the main question is what to do with the blades, i think the shimmering light glow (red,gold,blue) is a good solution, maybe a little toned down...
but i think in the dwarwen army the over the top golden stuff was kinda awesome :D

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Re: New units upgrade appearance

Post by Jokuc » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:42 pm

White it's easy to hate on this idea due to nostalgia, you'll have to remember this will look more realistic and people will learn the appearances of the different armor types after playing. I support this idea.
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Re: New units upgrade appearance

Post by Jet Xot » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:07 am

Nice idea!

Its like dunleding upgrade, with torch.

There is a lot of options here. I love that idea.

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