Originally Posted by geoxile
Well, since people can sign up for the team through the spread sheet, let's discuss a bit.
What type of setting do you guys like? Personally, as far as art direction goes I really like the over the top jRPG settings like Final Fantasy, where everything has to be crystalline beauty. Same goes for the dramatic characters and story telling, though I'm not a fan of how shallow characters tend to be. So while I do like the settings and drama, more indepth characters could probably bring the story and setting to life, by having such realistic characters in a totally ridiculous fantasy world.
Mechanically, I think real time combat would work well, much like say Mount & Blade, with directional attacks and clashing and the like. At the same time I think we could implement abilities or skills as well as magic in the style of The Elder Scroll games or Magicka. By accessing a hotkey menu and selecting the active skill or spell and assigning it to a key or right mouse click. I suppose it would be a mix of skill based combat as well as stats.
Of course, while I think making an open world would be cool, I doubt it'll be feasible. So perhaps very large levels ala Borderlands or Crysis coupled with a RPG style world map that the player can travel quickly - thinking of FFVII to be honest. Except without the typical tiny cramped areas.
Now, for equipment, like weapons and magic. The idea would be that they level up, and as they level up the player will have options to "Upgrade" them into new weapons free relatively low costs, but at the same time by leveling them up they'll become stronger by a sizable degree. I figure it'll be a good idea to add variety to the number of weapons that can be used but at the same time allow the option of upgrading the stats in a more traditional sense. On that note, the number of weapons, spells, and equipment would have to be very large and diverse (uniquely so).
Now these are just my ideas that I've been thinking about. Feel free to comment, critique, revise, or by all means bring up your own original ideas or desires. I'm sure that what we will settle on will be something that allows everyone to have an interest in the project to stick to it.
Discussion can continue indefinitely but once we have most of the major positions filled we should think about cementing some core gameplay mechanics and start working on the general plot.
The art direction is quite cool. For it to be a REALLY over the top world with beautiful sceneries and landscapes. Also of course characters have to have depth and meaning which I endorse.
I have never played Mount and Blade, though I think you are looking for a Elder Scrolls type gameplay am I correct? I am more than happy, but I would like so form of innovation in this game as well. I guess we will sharpen this idea and add onto it later, but the general gameplay mechanics I like. I would also like to say that if we could, I would like the gamer to do more than just fighting. Kind of like Fable, where you can do a HUGE number of things, I would like that you could socialize, work, craft (explained later), shop, you name it really!
Yes, I agree that for me it will be a little less than feasible to make open world maps ala Elder Scrolls
, so Crysis or Crysis 2 type maps are a good thing to go on, where you are trying to complete a single objective, but the map is carved so that you can complete that objective numerous ways. THOUGH open world would be preference, as that is where RPGs tend to go.
As for equipment, I am liking the idea. Also I think a pretty cool concept is to craft weapons. We can do this two ways, each item has it's own unique formula, or the item is generated randomly from a pre set formula, like Team Fortress 2 or something...
I would also like to add the possibility of Online Co Op. Imagine a game that has beautiful sceneries and characters, that plays like your Elder Scrolls Game, BUT you can play it with your friends! You can fight enemies with your friends, trade with them, socialize with them, craft with them, you name it!