Thursday, July 19, 2007

Customized ship exterior to be added to EVE

In a startling development, CCP has just announced that in a yet to be announced patch, a feature that will let users customize the exterior of their ships will be added to the game. Basically, we're talking about custom paint jobs for ships here folks! Take a look at this following Kestrel in all its beauty!

(Original link to image is here)

Ok, so this isn't exactly true. But you've got to admit this is one feature that a lot of you, including yours truly, would love to have added to the game. Maybe not to the extant of the ship above, but you get my point. I mean corp and alliance logos on ships would be a good start, then maybe color schemes. All of these could be done within certain boundaries or color pallets for each race.

Now, I'm no hardware-bandwidth-tech-whatchamacalit-guy, but I figure that one of the reasons this hasn't been implemented yet has to do with the quantity of new data that would need to be networked if every ship flying nearby would have one of those custom paint jobs. Still, I look forward to the day when the hardware/network/client can handle this and we can start to customize our ships. Until then, we can only dream of Hello Kitty Krestels.

9 comments:

Jon said...

Check out Forza 2 on the XBox 360. That allows custom paint jobs that you build up by resizing and positioning stencils so that only a small amount of information as to be transmitted for each car. It sounds too simple to work, but some of the cars made are just amazing.

If a console can do it then an MMO can.

CrazyKinux said...

Thanks Jon, will definitely check it out!

alaph said...

I would like this too HOWEVER I want it to be done when you build the ships. This would allow say Gobldy Goo corp to put their tags on the ship then sell it in Jita for all to buy.
You could have people special order ships from you and if you are really good at moding them your work would be known all over.

Plus I'd love to see all the mega alliances going to fight in ships built by their enemies :D

CrazyKinux said...

As a member of Phoenix Labs, a manufacturing corp, I'd love to see PPL-branded ships flying out there. That would indeed be sweet!

Heartless_ said...

ROFL... the game can barely handle 40 people in the same area. I can only imagine how bad this will be with 40 custom hoopties all playing tag.

EVE, fix your UI and give us the revelations promises already. Stop tempting us with crap that will never see the light of day.

alaph said...

damn heartless, jaded much?

I was able to fight with several hundred in local back when I was on dial up so the lag isnt that bad. o.O

CrazyKinux said...

Tempting crap that'll never see the light of day? Where the hell have you been the last 12 months Heartless? So far Revelations (aka Kali) has been rolling out a steady stream of improvements and new features; just as they'd promised.

CCP's got my vote of confidence. I'll agree that they've 'tempted' us with atmospheric flight, avatars walking in stations and other juicy promises, but these things take time. You've got to give them some slack.

I say steady as she goes...

Anonymous said...

I've seen a few good ship skins like this. I just have to ask, is that an actual model of a Kestrel or just a 3-d CG?
anyhoo, I recently found a hello kitty Apoc. I can't say I'd mind flying something like that. and no, it's gotten so much better with combat. I've been in 50+ person fleets with no lag, even in battles with another 50+ person fleet. if you set your options right, I don't see why everyone can't do it. my connection is still a G+ so it isn't as if I'm running on N power. opens up a possible in game market for decals and skins though. something to look at.

Opi said...

This could be done if you made it an option to download the custom skin the person made.

Basiclly right-click "load custom skin"

DONE! That way you dont have to load everyones but say just your corps, or your friends.