Last edited by Redblade; 2013-01-18 at 08:51 PM.
Using Cathar as a deciding feature for new races is another stupid decision made by BW tbh. They should release race that ppl are interested in. Nothing against Cathar, but they sure are missing a large crowd pleasing potential. It's really expensive to make another race, lets do one that ppl are not interested in. Takes a genius to make that move.
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But yeah, not sure why they originally wanted to go with Cathar except that they would probably be the easiest to do skins and models for. The excuse I heard way back in the day for not having Rodians or Wookiee's available was that it would screw up the romance options for companions. But those romances are optional and I guarantee the the person who gets to play a Wookiee has NO problem missing out on a goofy romance.
Im guessing they were not finished with the Cathar race at start and threw in Cyborgs instead to finish off the races to begin with.
i like cathar, but i'm disappointed that they'll just have the bland, normal class voices. i wanted a cathar with a thick russian accent, like the lore say they're supposed to have.
They ever add a Mon Cal, I would buy it as fast as they put it up of course part of me figures we would be stuck with all Mon Cals being red or something.
I also think its rather disappointing that a game 8 years older than SWTOR figured out how to do it pretty well, and yet they can't seem to pull it off.
I may be ignorant and what not but... Can someone explain to me what exactly is so super expensive about making a new race? AFAIK, races don't have unique quests, voice overs or any other kind of Content. And Cathar don't have any clipping issues, it's just humans with different nose and ears (and texture). Yeah, there are customization options, but it ain't like there's 23845793 different customization option for every race and I can't imagine it being a task requiring more than one modeler working on couple different ear/face shapes for few weeks and texture artist throwing in some make up and scars...
And now they're holding potential future races hostage if people don't pay for cathar. inb4 the next race they deliver is another re-coloured human.
Last edited by Redblade; 2013-01-19 at 04:24 PM.
You can't really ask customers what they want They have no clue what they want. But you can show them and ask them if they like what you are showing them or not. Even asking them why they like something makes little sense. Usually they don't really know why they like it, so they make up stories. I like it because ... and what follows is a lot of made up bs.
Maybe BW did their research and out of all the possibilities Cathar came up the best option. I just hope it was not a research with one option and no alternatives
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It's pretty telling that they refuse to give even their subscribers anything of substance. This is two major things that were supposed to be free of charge for subscribers that have turned into pay only options. I honestly don't understand how anyone can try and explain it otherwise. Reality check.
EQ2 didn't introduce that many species in over 4 years to the game, according to their developer it would be a big time investment (I guess they must be wrong then).
Two reason why Cathar are a bad choice... I haven't even seen them mentioned in any of the "what race you want to see" threads/ polls and taking an unpopular race as sample to see how frequently Bioware is going to introduce a new race. They should have taken a kick-ass race which is high in the polls. Would have attracted much more people.
However since some people seem to know so well what it takes to get a new race into the game, why don't they share their technical knowledge you surely need to make such a statement?!
Several races can't be that hard because some of the are already companions which means that being they are already showing gear the work is done. Cathar is no different, why its taking them that long to introduce is beyond me, the modeling should of been mostly done from the games release due to Aric Jorgensen being a Trooper companion.
As far as making money from them I don't have an issue, thats something normal to F2P games. Whats not normal is holding other races hostage to make sure you sell enough of the first one.
Also EQ2 may not have added many, but they had a fairly large choice from the start if I'm remembering right.
This game is starting to be as bad as the new movies were for this franchise...where people turn out in droves for the IP, only to leave thinking what the fuck just happened. Only in this case, it's like they made 10 new movies instead of three because the wtfs won't stop coming. It's kinda sad that people would rather try and silence those voices for fear that it will affect them.
It'll be hard to justify what BW said once the Cathar are released and we can all see the results. I very much doubt they'll answer those specific questions though post Cath-Launch. Now had they been working on Wookiees....(elongated forheads, no boots, no gloves) then I could have understood the whole 'more time and more money to make' argument. As it is I just don't see it.
The only reason why it seems "easy" is because we have the character model already in the game. If you know anything beyond that, please share your knowledge but just because I think something to be easy doesn't mean that it actually is, especially if I have no idea about the technical part but I'm sure Kitty knows exactly how much manhour they would have to lift to introduce another species as he is so far above anyone else, he just has to know. Maybe it just takes that long because they need to modify all cutscenes in which you potentially should see a Cathar standing next to you?.... Who knows but I definately agree that the introduction of this species is in no way compensating for the time it takes them, wheter it takes so much time or not.
Last edited by Psychlon; 2013-01-20 at 10:29 AM.