Chronicles of Elyria isn’t afraid to enter the ugly zone of character creation

    
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We're in it now, children.

It’s a no-brainer that a lot of your MMO audience is going to want to create good-looking, attractive, and physically fit characters. But if you’re a studio that’s attempting to represent a virtual world populated by a wide array of human races, you might also consider the odd and off-putting as possible options.

Simply put, Chronicles of Elyria has some ugly races. Maybe that will have its own counter-cultural appeal, especially among players looking for a different experience. The 12 races — or tribes — of the game span a range of skeletal structures and facial makeups, with options available to the player to customize each upon character creation.

In addition to showing some early prototypes of the character creation process, Soulbound Studio discussed how it’s trying out simple world interaction in its upcoming VoxElyria client, merging accounts in preparation for name reservations, and handling the different languages in the game.

“I’m so excited for this adventure to be completed since we’ll be able to make real characters on our real server with our real in-game tools,” the team said. “I’m a big fan of character creators, so I anticipate spending many of my upcoming hours just playing around with this experience. By the end of the adventure, we’ll be able to walk through the entire Ward of the State character creation process, so expect a video… or maybe we’ll do a live stream and you can tell us what characters you’d like to see us make!”

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Jack Kerras

My main character is ugly.

She’s too big, she’s scarred-up, only got one eye to speak of, she’s had her nose broken and her ears notched umpteen times, and she’s a scowly old woman who does enough killing to work over any handful of beasts or bandits you could throw at her.

Marla’s tough as a whole box of coffin nails, and I love her to pieces, and making her work in MMORPGs just -doesn’t work-, ever. There aren’t enough options. Everyone is perpetually too young and pretty to do her a lick of justice no matter how hard you try, which makes me sad.

FFXIV actually did okay. Roegadyn work well enough, but only enough.

I like the idea that maybe I can make a Marla I like.

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Randall Kilgore Jr.

The amount of uninformed hate for CoE on this website is stunning, and quite shocking, and I’ve been reading massively for years.
Had to come out of lurking just to put down one positive comment.
This game is going to be great.

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Armsbend

The comments are like 50% negative – maybe less.

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Kyosumari

I have to say, these concept shots show minimal promise. The mock up of male and female is the same model but with slightly enlarged pecs and some clothing + minimally altered hair, and the race lineup isn’t even textured. It’s all concept work that then inexplicably turns into… voxel models? What? Imagine all the progress that could have been made on the actual game if they spent less time and effort making false promises and more time actually, you know, working on the game. I have to say, it’s a bold move wasting the time and resources to create a weird VoxMockup and I don’t mean that in a good way. I haven’t even been following this game and that seems like a huge slap in the face to people who have backed this project… It just looks like they’re blowing smoke out of their asses TBH.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

VoxElyria? I get that this is a testing ground, but seriously hope this doesn’t turn out to be the Mythos of its time.

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Toy Clown

I’m also on-board with a wide array of choices. Usually only see “ugly” characters created by trolls, and RPers love taking advantage of different looks to create stories.

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Cadaver

I like this. I’m quite bored with generic, blandly attractive avatars, hunky males and vapid waifs a-gogo. I like Soulbound’s world-building in general. It reminds me of some of the stuff ICE used to put out for Rolemaster years ago. If they build it I will come.

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2Ton Gamer

I like how I got an email telling me that their layaway will be due in full come May. I will not be paying another dime to this scam of a game, especially with no refunds and them already extremely late and now without their promised engine. Look for them to be announcing they are shuttering come June, after no one pays off their layaway.

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Knox Harrington

If you want your character to look like Iggy Pop, this might be the game for you

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silverlock

Honestly that would be the best selling point yet for this game.

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Utakata

Lol! :)

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Dro Gul

“maybe we’ll do a live stream and you can tell us what characters you’d like to see us make!”

Or I have a better idea. Instead of that, how about you spend that time making the game that was supposed to be released last year but isn’t even in Alpha yet. Maybe then you wouldn’t need to layoff your team members like happened a short while ago.

Seriously. If they spent less time trying to tell everyone how great the game will be and more time making the damn thing they would be in better shape. Who cares about a character creator for a game that is going to launch in 2020? Or later?

Priorities for this team seem so screwed up.