New Portrait System

January 29th, 2011

Although I may not be the biggest EVE fan - I don't really like PvP in general and the game doesn't have much PvE content - there are a lot of systems I liked in EVE. I often cite EVE's economic system when writing about that topic. Now EVE's introduced another feature that I like... kinda.

EVE has introduced a new portrait creator system, where you create the portrait for your character so other players have a way to visually identify you. The system has a fairly comprehensive 3D modeling interface, where you create your character's face and body, add hair and features, and clothes. Then, you pose your character and take a picture to share with all the other pilots. Here's what I created for my pilot, Gaylen Della:

The portrait you see above is the portrait from the log-in screen; in-game, the portrait that you and everyone else seed is always much smaller. However, if you click the picture above you'll see a high def version of the portrait from inside the character creator application. What frustrates me about this system is that you can never return to the character creator: you can never re-pose your character, for example, nor can you ever see your character in that higher resolution. Nor can any other player; you can't share your high-def 3D portrait with others.

Another gripe is that the portraits generated are quite face-oriented. That portrait you see there is the maximum possible zoomed out, and the maximum possible scrolled down. That's the most you can ever see of your character's torso. This is kind of odd, because you actually pick pants and boots for your avatar to wear, as well as tweak and modify your character's groin and legs. It just seems partially incomplete, to give you all this customization and the only thing you get out of it is a single small static picture.

Although the new portrait system is nice, I'd like to see a lot more with it. I'd like to be able to change the pose and clothes and background, even if they lock in the actual appearance of the character. I'd like to be able to see my character's full 3D body in-game, as well as that of other players. I'd just like to see a lot more with this really nice 3D character creator than a tiny picture.

Posted by: Soulrift

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