The Bulgaria-based developer Masthead Studios
is hard at work on their first massively multiplayer online game Earthrise
, a title that's equal parts sci-fi and post-apocalyptic. Nolvadex
from the Italian MMO news site Gamesource
spoke with the game's lead technical artist Ed Mattinian about the look of Earthrise
Mattinian discusses balancing form with function when it comes to how technology is depicted in the game, trying to create a futuristic world that's not simply cold and sterile. He says, "I'd say that technological products have their own beauty to them. It's all about function and how that 'product' -- be it a weapon, a craft, or a teleporter - is designed for its function. That's the beauty that we're looking for."
Mattinion also receives 50 cool points for citing Equilibrium
as one of the visual influences on Earthrise
. We were also surprised to read that anime rated so high among Mattinian's influences in helping shape the look of the game. He says, "For me personally the Ghost in the Shell series [was] of great inspiration not only on a visual level but on a purely conceptual one."
For more on the art directions Earthrise
is taking, be sure to see Gamesource's interview
with Masthead Studios lead technical artist Ed Mattinian.