Friday Update #261

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Friday Update #261

Unread postby Golden Girl » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:00 am

This week, we’ve been continuing with our design work for our hero NPCs, still focusing on making changes to the way that the signature heroes were handled in ‘City of Heroes’, looking at ways to add in a variety of options for a much greater amount of interaction between them and the players, if players choose to use it.

This will help to not only flesh out the characters more and make them seem less like mission and level up terminals but also show them to be at the same level as the players, and not superior or distant from them.
The greater number of more interactive NPCs is also required on technical grounds because of the game’s much more intricate storytelling system, with its branching dialogue trees and multiple path mission structure compared to what was used in CoH.

And from an in-game perspective, having much more active NPC heroes removes one of the flaws from the signature heroes in CoH which undermined their heroism – the lore in CoH presented them as the survivors of the Rikti invasion, but then had them go into semi-retirement straight after the war, letting a new generation of heroes – the players - take their place in the fight against crime, making it seem like the most experience heroes were stepping back at the very time the city needed them the most – which was made worse by the way that the game presented all of the players as being rookie heroes.


Have a heroic/villainous weekend!

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