The Daily Grind: What MMORPG character creator would you like to play offline?

    
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I haven’t the slightest interest in Black Desert for various reasons that deserve more than a pithy comment here, but boy, that standalone character creator is pretty cool, huh? I always like those. I liked when The Sims 4 released a Sim creation tool before the game came out; I had a huge amount of fun playing with the standalone creator for City of Heroes that came out before that game launched in Korea. I like character creators even if I don’t intend to play the game itself.

They’re pretty rare, though. Final Fantasy XIV has made a habit of including a character creator with its benchmarks for both the relaunch and the first expansion, but very few MMOs launch separate character creation tools officially. Heck, it’s hard to find one released unofficially. I know why World of Warcraft doesn’t have a standalone version of its rather anemic character creator, but at least Wowhead has something similar running on the site. But let’s say you could get a character creator for any game, living or dead, released as a standalone tool. What game would you want it for?

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dragonherderx
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dragonherderx

7BitBrian I would say that Title belongs to Eve as far as actual character appearance options goes simply because the amount you can actually do to the physical body is quite nice and simply stunning. A lot of texture / item options is nice and all, but the level eve has hasn’t been touched and i’ve only found black desert even semi close and that is still 2nd place (and i don’t even like eve all that much lol) It’s perplexing why it’s character creator is so good when you seldom if ever actually use it.

bfleendini
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bfleendini

7BitBrian Before it went free to play, and all the options were unlocked from the get-go, that character creator was a beast. I spent so much time in that thing the first time I played it, I don’t think I even actually played it that first day. :)

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Champions Online still has one of the best, if not the actual best, character creators of all time, in any game, mmo or not, ever. The things you can create in it are both godly and ungodly awesome. While the game has it’s faults, and a lot of them, the character creator is certainly not one of them, it’s a magnificent beast is what it is.

Qarran
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Qarran

So I’ll just parrot what others have already said because I think it is important.  If it is a game I’m have bought into or a game I’m going to play, I’m all for it.  

The features of editor while important aren’t the big draw.  The fact that I can log in, day one, and quickly almost instantly have the toon I want up and running is the draw .  I’m not one to rush to get to level cap etc. but I’d rather spend those first few hours in the game environment and not in character creation.

I love character creation, but I want to take my time, and inevitably I feel a bit rushed at launch or even early access.  And sometimes there are reasons to get going fast not the least of which is to get out of the damn over crowded starter area. Lol.

BD’s early release the character creation module was a brilliant move by Daum for many reasons.  It is a very good module, it will bring people into the game, it creates more buzz around the game, and for those who are buying in, it allows the opportunity to create a very detailed character that players will want to play.  A fantastic idea by Daum.  I wonder if Pearl Abyss did this in other regions?

syberghost
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syberghost

That ship sailed a decade ago when Marvel sued City of Heroes.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

SallyBowls1 2) when money is made on them

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

In this complicated, modern world:

1) Should these character “definitions” be able to be sold? Be able to be copyrighted (I sure hope not.)

2) When will these character creators get so good that people start to get letters from lawyers from GW/WotC/Disney

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

mysecretid deekay_zero  TBF, “make it bigger” was a feature that sold well in Second Life.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

mysecretid  True.  But there is the argument that F2P, shipping games don’t need separate creators.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

I would go with all of them for the reason that a creator surely forces them to have a way to specify, save and reload character definitions.