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The character creator (or character customization screen) allows players to define the look of their character in Ashes of Creation.[2]

We're gonna have a wide array of character customization out of the box.[3]

If I had to give a comparison, I would use BDO as an example of what our Character Creation is going for.[4]

A character's voice may be able to be selected from preset options.[5]

Character appearance

We want there to be a lot of room for people to manifest their own identity, to role play how they want to from an appearance standpoint. There's going to be parameters within which you will be able to customize a character. We want the culture and the identity of the races to exist in a range that makes them easily identifiable from other players and other cultures. So, because of that, we have to have a spectrum you can exist on. There will be a lot of hair variants you can do, body art tattoos that you can apply. You'll be able to play with the scales of the facial structure, the bones, the height, width, the body fat percentage. You'll be able to add body hair on different parts of the body. If you want to have hair on your feet, you can dial that up.[8]Steven Sharif

Character appearance can be customized in the character creator (CC)[9] and via in-game salons/barbershops.[10]

  • Character models are focused on realism.[11]
  • A player will see a generic character before customization.[12]
  • Player can adjust their character to be overweight, skinny, muscular.[13]
  • Character designs will have influences from a wide range of cultures, such as European, African and Asian.[14]
  • Lolis will not be in the game.[15]

Sliders will offer flexibility in customization.[16]

  • Hair variants.[8]
    • Can add hair on different parts of the body.
  • Body art.[8]
  • Facial structure.[8]
  • Bone structure.[8]
  • Height.[8]
    • You can't have a one inch tall character.[17]
  • Width.[8]
  • Body fat percentage.[8]

Adjustments will allow a character to appear more feminine or masculine.[18]

  • Brow height.[18]
  • Chin.[18]
  • Hair.[18]
  • Facial hair.[19]
    • Female Dwarven beards will not match that of the male. It will be more of a braided option that is not as voluminous.[8]
    • Facial hair is characteristic of the Dünir, not the Niküa.[8]
  • Body type.[18]
  • There will be "boobie sliders".[17]
    • These are relative to the character's race.
    • The scale is not going to be ridiculous.

Character appearance is able to be saved to hard disc.[20]

Cosmetic items

Cosmetic items allow players to customize their character in-game.[3]

  • Eye color.
  • Skin color.
  • Hair color.
  • Hairstyles.
  • Tattoos.
  • Scars.

Cosmetic items that produce in-game cosmetic effects will also be available.[21]

  • Fireworks.
  • Picnics.
  • Camps.

Dyeable items

Dyes only affect tagged portions of armor or cosmetic items.[22]

  • The dyeability of costumes depends on the specific costume.

Outside of wanting to keep maybe some identity from a lore perspective; for example if you have like a white lion's suit of armor, you may not want that white lion suit of armor to be black or blue. So, it's possible. It depends on the costume itself.[22]Steven Sharif

Emoji

Emoji adds additional flare either for chat or character representation.[3] Emoji packs were available in the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns at the Explorer level and above.[3]

There will be role-playing emoji such as dice rolling.[23]

Early access

Alpha-1 phase 2 will include a Character creator.[24]

I would like to have the option for players to go in spend time, create characters save that character and then have it available in their suite their character creation suite as an option to preload at launch that they can take that's those settings and launch the character. I would love for there to be community rewards and competitions for the best made characters that we could do like a monthly kind of thing around and/or additionally I'd like for there to be implementation of housing and a housing suite that you can save your furniture load out as well for building out the interior of housing. I don't know if we'll be able to get to that. It is a cherry on top of the icing. And we'll see how the schedule looks with that regard.[25]Steven Sharif

Character page

A character web page (character sheet) will be available closer to live launch that shows the following:[26]

The character page will be accessible in game by opening a browser through the UI.[27]

That's part of the character sheet desire for us which hopefully will be accessible in game as well by opening a browser through our UI where you can get back history of a character that that character has input themselves into journal entries that they may choose to share with others... For role play perspective we want people to be in depth with their characters.[27]Steven Sharif

The player can manage what info is shown on the character page.[26]

Character naming

Characters will have a first-name and an optional surname.[28]

  • There is a minimum length of three for a character name.[29]

Character names will appear on the character sheet and optionally on the character website page.[30]

  • In-game a character's name is displayed above their head. This can be the first or last name.[30]

Tulnar

Tulnar silhouettes.[31]

Tulnar is the only race with the capability to adjust racial appearance in a significant manner.[32]

  • Tulnar race does not have sub-types, instead, players will be able to customize the appearance of Tulnar characters.[33]
  • Players will have dials to adjust the reptilian, mammalian, humanoid, and other attributes of their Tulnar character in the Character creator.[34]
  • Tulnar do not equal furries.[35]
    • There are bestial components that can be scaled up when creating a Tulnar character.[35]

Tulnar do not equal furries, but there are definitely some bestial components that you can scale up when you're creating your Tulnar character, so you could max that setting I guess. Whether or not that would give you what you would think of as a furry, I guess it's going to be up to your interpretation of what a Furry is.[35]Steven Sharif

Racial skins

Racial skins enable a player to change their character's racial appearance.[36][37]

  • Racial skins can be toggled on and off.[37]

Racial skins are not costumes. This means that armor and character customization is possible on these.[38]

  • Skin color customization.[39]
  • Racial skins appear along with any costume appearances.[40]

There may be plans to create other racial template skins, such as undead or werewolf skins in future, but there is no commitment to do so.[41]

Costumes

Costumes were available for purchase during the Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding campaigns, during PAX West 2017 and PAX East 2018; and are currently available in Pre-order packs on the cosmetic store.

Armor appearance

Gear will have appearance slots (Transmog/cosmetic slots) that are used to copy the appearance of an item (in some cases).[43]

  • Cosmetic slots can be toggled on or off.[45]

I'm more of the mind that it wouldn't really serve a purpose to have bikini plate armor, just in like reality, if you're going to have armor, it should be protective. I think from a fashion statement is enjoyable for some people, but it's a kind of an immersive issue.[46]Steven Sharif

We're going for kind of a more realistic look; not necessarily realistic setting, but we want our characters to have weight and kind of feel like they're there.[46]Jeffrey Bard

See also

References

  1. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (9:28).
  2. Livestream, 30 June 2017 (09:43).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (48:49).
  4. character creator BDO.png
  5. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (53:40).
  6. Livestream, 16 October 2017 (15:18).
  7. Ashes of Creation - The visuals.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (13:39).
  9. Livestream, 8 may 2017 (47:35).
  10. Livestream, 15 May 2017 (51:19).
  11. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (11:21).
  12. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:04).
  13. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (10:27).
  14. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (12:39).
  15. Lollis.jpg
  16. Livestream, 30 june 2017 (13:13).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Livestream, 24 May 2017 (48:45).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Livestream, 22 May 2017 (54:32).
  19. beards.jpg
  20. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (28:22).
  21. Livestream, 26 May 2017 (32:14).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (18:48).
  23. Livestream, 22 May 2017 (58:51).
  24. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  25. Interview, 8 August 2018 (30:51).
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (13:59).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Interview, 8 August 2018 (28:50).
  28. Livestream, 8 may 2017 (48:39).
  29. Livestream, 31 oct 2017 (48:39).
  30. 30.0 30.1 Interview, 11 May 2018 (2:45).
  31. Livestream, 30 May 2017 (16:51).
  32. Livestream, 28 July 2017 (20:17).
  33. Livestream, 30 June 2017 (15:10).
  34. Livestream, 23 August 2017 (31:29).
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (3:12).
  36. Livestream, 12 May 2017 (1:04:04).
  37. 37.0 37.1 cosmetic skins.jpg
  38. Kickstarter 12k+ backers.
  39. character colors.jpg
  40. costumes and skins.jpg
  41. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (4:47).
  42. Ashes of Creation Store: Vestments of the Runecarvers.
  43. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (22:33).
  44. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (53:43).
  45. Livestream, 9 February 2018 (50:29).
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Livestream, 26 May 2017 (19:51).
  47. oversized.jpg
  48. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (54:56).
  49. Livestream, 28 July 2017 (9:47).
  50. helmet.jpg
  51. Sparkly.jpg
  52. Livestream, 3 September 2017 (48:56).