The SoH Character Creator
We’ve created our own costumes and art assets, and supplemented with purchased assets, each of which has been upgraded to fit our art style, skeleton, and technical specifications. The character creator is fully integrated into the game, including in the packaged versions of the game we use weekly for testing. Clever technical processes allow us to show beautiful in-game characters without excessive strain on server capacity.
We are using many advanced features that Unreal 4 enables:
Subsurface mapping on the skin to produce a subtle skin sheen
The latest eye model from Unreal, plus highly customized retinal textures
The most advanced Unreal hair shader
APEX physics for moving both hair and clothing realistically, including capes
In addition, we have custom coded each article of clothing to reduce clipping from costume parts that overlay each other.
Over 300 individual character morphs are showcased in the video, and the underlying databases are already in place to process up to 1,000 morphs.
Changing the character dimensions automatically changes the costume of the character wearing it. Color customization options are enormously flexible, allowing each piece to be separately colored with primary and secondary colors.
This character creator is our starting point, and we are showing the high quality of the characters that players can already create. From here it is a short step to having costume contests, and perhaps character contests, on a regular basis in Apotheosis City. See you there!
While we’re working on adding more mission content to Ship of Heroes, here’s an update on something that you may not have thought about in a while: our character creator. Even though we’re busy working on missions, we’ve managed to add several new costumes to our expansive collection.
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The first Ship of Heroes character creator Beta is over, and it was a big success! Participants had a lot of fun creating characters, exploring Apotheosis City, using travel powers, entering new maps like the Beta Club and the hospital, and joining a costume contest and scavenger hunt.