character artist Ben Mathis gave a 30 minute presentation at the New York Comic Con
last month. He talked mostly about the forthcoming Ambulation expansion,
which will allow EVE Online
players to leave their cockpits and walk around the interiors of space stations with customizable, 3D avatars. Ten Ton Hammer
has a Flash video of the entire session.
We saw some of the presented content at GDC earlier this year,
but there's some new stuff in this video, too. As we've noted before, CCP
isn't holding back; Ambulation
is very technically impressive. It's ironic that EVE
-- a game focused almost entirely on spaceships instead of face-to-face interactions -- might soon carry the most advanced avatar creation tools on the market.
Players will be able to customize every thing from body fat to the materials from which their clothes are made. Female avatars will have makeup customization options so powerful that the differentiation between lip gloss and lip stick will be noticeable. New animation blending technology will enable realistic transitions between disparate facial expressions. Infinite morph points will be available when faces are molded, thanks to creative use of shaders. CCP's ambition is astonishing -- let's hope the reality lives up to the promise in the end.