If there's one overriding impulse that goes into nearly every MMO, it's the urge to look good. You spend so much time staring at your character that you want to look appropriate -- ominous, or dignified, or just plain cool
. That's the motive behind Warhammer Online
's new appearance system in patch 1.3.6
, and it's a significant upgrade to the game's setup. Designer Sean Bosshardt
has penned a developer diary
explaining how the new appearance system works in practice, which essentially gives your equipment its own set of equipment.
The short version is that when looking at your character's equipment, you can flip over to their appearance slots, and then each eligible item can have another item placed within the appearance slot. However, the new appearance doesn't consume or use the item which granted the new look, and it stays with that piece of armor -- so you can change the look of a pair of shoulders, and that look stays with them until you change it again. It's an interesting system with several nuances, so Warhammer Online
players are encouraged to read the full diary
to see just how nice they'll be looking when the new patch hits.