Crowfall is shifting away from race-bound class archetypes

Crowfall’s teaser week is over, so what was the tease? “Massively expanded character customization options,” ArtCraft says, confirming some of the earliest hunches that the game will break up the race/class paradigm. It’s also getting a hefty graphics upgrade.

“ArtCraft Entertainment is pleased to announce that it will be adding one of the most requested additional features for their sandbox ‘Throne War’ MMO Crowfall: massively expanded character customization options. The developer has also overhauled the graphics in partnership with the Unity Spotlight team. […] With the new character customization players will now have the freedom to choose their character’s race and class combination from a wealth of options, rather than the original system of specific ‘archetypes.'”

OK, that was actually worthy of a week of teases. Check out the videos! (Also — sandbox, eh?)

Source: Press release
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Grishnakk

I never had any issue over the race-locked classes or genders – while I love making my MMO character my own – I much prefer class variation, deeper mechanics and interesting races.

This, however is a great step forward as I know the race lock turned a lot of people off initially. I’m excited for all the crazy combinations the race/class/runes will allow for and while it’s inevitable for there to be OP combo’s at times – the account training mechanic and vessel switching should allow for counter-play on the fly.

Have always been glad I backed this for as much money as I did – It’s shaping up even better than I initially expected.

Already loved the art style but these engine updates just make it look that much better.

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J

I never had a big issue over race locked classes. It has never made sense to me that a Gnome would be as proficient with a great sword as an Orc. Things like D&D and Pathfinder have always and probably will always reflect this. For me it is logical and its own brand of flavor. Having said that, it isn’t a deal breaker either and this will likely be the only time I comment on it for Crowfall.

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Dunk Bird

Well, I regretted backing it before because I hated locked classes and the graphics.

Have to say now I’m actually excited.

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Celestia

Just went from glad I back it to GLAAAAAAD I backed it.

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Ryan Allgood

All of this looks great.

I’m just glad I can be one of the Guinea Pig race and not be forced to be a rogue. xD

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XK

Great update. Glad I backed this, even if I’m not a PVPer. :D

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George Dane

Crowfall is slowly starting to form into one of the FIRST true successes of Kickstarter MMO project visions becoming a reality.. Shroud of the Avatar is OK. Others are still yet to come out. I’ll happily sit back and watch the devs chisel away at the game to turn it into their true vision.

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Warking

Oh I am so drooling right now….

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Dragon Whimsy

Both of these changes makes me a LOT more interested in Crowfall than I was previously. I’m off to find out how else they’ve been progressing! I might be putting this game back on my “watch” list.

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Brown Jenkin

Well schiz… gotta say I’m surprised at this reveal. It seemed like they had great reasons for the initial race/class pairing, hopefully this doesn’t create tons of new problems/challenges. Awesome news though!!

[edit] And sweet lord those new graphics look great!