enTranced, on Feb 8 2006, 06:02 AM, said:
I'll tell you one thing, a few others and myself had determined how you can make TOTALLY custom ships and have them added to an MMO. It would require the cooperation of the dev's.
Complete custom vessels would have to follow under strict guidelines set by the Dev's (Size of file, polygons yadayadayada...) and then have that vessel added to an update pack.
Problem is....everyones updates would eventually lead to a MASSIVE strain on the Hard drives of every player.
Could you imagine 30,000 Custom made models and ships....yeeeesh
In a perfect world I would love this but not if it causes strain to the game. As a avid CoH player I can tell you of the weeks of lag that adding CoV caused when it was folded into CoH! I can't even imagine the horror of on going player made ships!
However maybe this would work on a limited basis? Maybe they could have yearly contests where player groups submidt plans for new ship types in a contest? That would be pretty sweet! Your guild cruising the galaxy in a one of a kind ship complete with NX tags? Priceless!
If you were to have sometihng of that sort, it would probably be more of a Guild Wars style of updating. In Guild Wars, the textures and models were downloaded while you play, if you went to a location and you did not have all the models for it, while loading the zone you would download what you did not have. There are ways to even out the distribution of what is downloaded when so that you usually have the models for everything you run into, but you coould also assign a Cache size, an ammount of space on your harddrive for model information, and using an LFU, or LRU protocol you could simply download the models that you dont have as you need them, throwing out old models from the cache that you don't see often or have not seen often. While it would increase the bandwidth requirements, it could make it more concievable.
Another idea would be to have NPCs whitch you could submit a request for a custom ship to. Then you get a form of communication to whitch you can upload models, drawings, pictures, descriptions, ideas to whitch the developers, for a certain ammount of ingame money, would then go over the ideas, and assist in developing the artwork and 3D models for your custom starship to be in keeping with the standards of the videogame.
Edited by Zanthra, 08 February 2006 - 04:33 PM.