Every MMO has its own style, but few have such a uniqueness to them as that of Chronicles of Spellborn
. Set in great hollow rocks called Shards, caught in an immense cataclysm called the Deadspell Storm, it's a setting unlike any other. Though currently in closed beta, the developers let us have a peek at Shorath Mesa, a swampy land surrounded by mountains that drop in immense cliffs and thunderous waterfalls to the land of Garminholm, far below.Spellborn
art lead Frank Bakker, in his latest art journal
, brings us through the design, development and implementation Shorath Mesa. How does a designer balance the needs of the game with the desires of the player? What goes into designing a visually interesting area? How do you get weather
inside a rock
? This is a fascinating look into the art development of an exciting new MMO.