NCSoft plans on unveiling a new massively multiplayer online role playing game from Carbine Studios during GamesCom, which is happening in Cologne, Germany on August 17-21. In order to get everyone excited about the project, Art Director Matt Mocarski has posted a new blog entry with a bit of information on the visual direction of the upcoming title.
The game will be a future fantasy game, and players will see both fantasy and sci-fi elements in the world and in the gameplay. "Animated films such as Atlantis, The Secret of Nimh, and Princess Mononoke really nailed the overall look of the style," said Mocarski. "We know that our game was for adults so we studied shows like Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist to see how they balanced a unique visual style with stories that had both humor and drama. Lastly we looked at comics such as Hellboy, Battle Chasers, and Tank Girl to influence our balance of technology and fantasy."
According to Mocarski, the team at Carbine went through several iterations of the art style before landing on the one that they eventually chose to go with.
"We believe our art style has an element that is missing from a lot of games on the market, and that's a sense of fun. I love looking at our art. It tells a story. It screams "Come out and play!" I'm happy when I run around our world. It feels magical - like anything is possible. I often find myself running around the world for hours just to be there," said Mocarski.
What's really interesting to me about the style is that Mocarski describes how the team tries not to use any photo references in their assets. They try to hand-craft everything, paint their textures from scratch, and "make sure everything has a strong silhouette with really strong personality."
We'll get to see more about this unannounced MMO at GamesCom, and if it looks anything like how Mocarski is describing it then I believe our eyes will be in for a real treat.
You can check out Mocarski's full blog post here.
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