Further ship customization - visual aspect

Ok, first things first: this has been discussed and suggested before, i want to restart it in a clean thread by expressing further thoughts on the matter of custom paint jobs and other customizations, and add there maybe a showcase possibility. Also, there was a suggestion thread from before we got ship painting options from May which can be found here: [http://forum.star-conflict.com/index.php?/topic/19368-ship-paint-jobs-custom-stickers-corp-emblems/](< base_url >/index.php?/topic/19368-ship-paint-jobs-custom-stickers-corp-emblems/)

 

1. TL;DR for that thread:

-suggests more options for colors and sticker choice

-concerns about inappropriate displayed messages in custom paint jobs and stickers

-impact on bandwith and created graphical lag / stutter concerns

 

2. Hand-picked stuff from other random threads:

-neon trims (lumifiber for you Planetside 2 lovers)

-full-body ship painting

-more textural, material and tint options as the color’s background

-current ships that are missing customization possibilities to have them added (DLC ships)

 

3. My own additions for now:

-free placement of stickers anywhere on ships + resizing ability

-free painting anywhere on the ship with color, material and texture application

-all done IN-GAME (no external software for custom paint-jobs, but an internal importing possibility - will detail below)

 

 

1.

The first line is self-explanatory - more colors, more stickers than what we currently have. My suggestion: a free RGB slider for colors and the possibility to import PNG images of limited pixels and size directly into the game for stickers.

 

The concerns for offensive material in the case of custom paint jobs can be resolved with a simple ‘Report player’ option and a check on the ship’s model preview by the GM’s, resulting in the immediate deletion of the paint job and a pretty awful ban (name your period - i’d say 1 week). To avoid quick-changing of custom paintjobs to just troll people with offensive images and then displaying an innocent one after being reported - show a history of them for the ship.

 

The impact on bandwith can be resolved actually quite easily. At every match we get 30 second cooldown before it starts. That’s more than enough time to load the models. 12v12 (24 players) x 4 ships maximum would be 96 sets of paints in a game (128 in custom 16v16 battles). It would be exactly the same as now, but instead of loading the current sets as we have them now, you would load those other ones. To further prevent lags and stuff - limited size of imported stuff. In-game created paint-jobs wouldn’t be an issue since they would be applied directly on the ship’s model just like they are now, but looking different.

 

2.

Neon trims are pretty much self-explanatory. Pick the defining edges of the ship’s model and apply a neon line glowing effect. Or give us the option to pick our own desired trims. Also give us the option to choose the preferred color. To avoid clutter - limit possible neon covered areas (check for the defining edges of the ship and each ship will have that amount as a limit, eventually + a few more areas at most). Also, they can have different lighting effects: static glow, pulsating, a stonger point of light moving through the trims etc.

 

Full body paints is self-explanatory - let us paint all the ship’s parts, not just armor plates for example.

 

More options when it comes for the colors’ under-layers. They could be metallic, glossy, matte etc (different materials), they could have different textures applied to them, like camos, stripes, random stuff etc.

 

Self explanatory - DLC ships are not customizable yet.

 

3.

Free placement of stickers is self-explanatory. Currently we have predefined areas for our stickers. Let us move them with the ability to rescale them and use a symmetry option to have them on both sides of the ship when placed.

 

Free painting refers to something like the Trackmania system. You pick up the brush and start free-painting with colors on the ship. Select different parts of the ship to color if you don’t want to cross the edge of something by mistake, select a specific area to paint at your choice, apply textures, materials, all wherever you like, and not only between pre-defined armor plate edges. Also give the ability to import images to be used as paint jobs or textures. Also with symmetry options.

 

All of it must be done in game to optimize the loading of your custom paint job so it wouldn’t create a massive lag fest. Furthermore the desired imported objects can be displayed on the ship’s model while working with it and when done applying it would be optimized by the game’s engine to also reduce lag fest (to avoid the loading of super-large images that would cause lag) - or just limit their size to an acceptable detail level. They must also have symmetry options along with resizing abilities.

 

 

I mentioned the showcase ability in the opening. Basically let players share their ship models as previews with other players, just like the current ship preview system.

 

Add-ons from the discussions on this thread:

1. Ship model customization. This must be based on presets or made simple by integrating in-game models to choose from to keep the identity of the ships as they are: class and faction. To insure a certain good quality the players must have choices between changing only parts of the ship or the entire ship to a new style they like. Once again - the ship must maintain it’s factional theme after the body part change.

2. Ship naming. The ability to give our ships custom names, in addition to class / size and model type. The custom name should take importance when checking stats or other things on the ship, shortly followed by it’s designated model type (current names).

 

 

TL;DR: give us artists the ability to fully display our skills :smiley:

 

That is all folks. Rant on! I’ll update this post with anything interesting in the discussions below.

Can’t see how more ways to spend money on customization could be bad.

Yep, I’ve played APB Reloaded (terrible pay to win mmo open world shooter) and I was able to make my own logos, my own clothes and even my own music xd so why a game like SCo with the nice graphics it has can’t let me

 

1 create my own stickers

2 put them wherever I want on the ship

 

my theory is: they don’t like money :frowning:

i like what we have now but we could use more options like colors, paint all over/paint everything.

 

it would also be nice if we had patterns to choose from like camo or who knows what else. (some of the jericho ships have odd paint patterns that foul up painting)

 

the ability to put stickers anywhere would be cool too because there have been times when i would have bought a sticker but didn’t like where it was placed

 

and for gosh sakes let us change the colors of our DLC ships!!! PLEASE!!!

Your ideas seem great. As for the neon color, most ships have some glowing parts, i’d be happy if i was allowed to change that color.

 

But you know what would be crazy? NFS underground 2 style customization of ships. I’d love to modify some of my goofy ships and make them look ultra sexy

And we can do a new thread “Pimp your Ship”, someone call Xzibit xD

PS: I really like Astraal idea.

Ship model customization is a nice idea. But bear in mind it has to stick to it’s identities: ship class, type and the faction it belongs to - it has to maintain all it’s characteristics while looking different. You can’t make a Mercedes look like a Ford and keep it’s full identity.

 

Those elements could be factional specific ship parts placed on it or modified like instead of having 2 wings, multiply them to 4 and displace them, but keeping the model style.

 

And etc, you get the idea.

Adding it to the OP.

Welcome to Star Conflict: Underground 2. Don’t forget CF hoods, neon lights and spinner wheels! :smiley:

Welcome to Star Conflict: Underground 2. Don’t forget CF hoods, neon lights and spinner wheels! :smiley:

 

but there’re not wheels on SCo :frowning:

Add them to the engine exhaust.  Muffler spinners?

Makes the wings spin! And I want a police light >:(

Actually, I think we need 2 more things to spend our money (GS) in:

  1. A bigger palette of colours (This is a MUST HAVE).
  2. The possibility to rename our ships, giving them nicknames (Optional, but still a nice addition).

This way I’ll finally be able to paint my ships as I like. And besides I’ll be able to have one of them as my “Purple Haze” :stuck_out_tongue:

  1. A bigger palette of colours (This is a MUST HAVE). added from the beginning

  2. The possibility to rename our ships, giving them nicknames (Optional, but still a nice addition). adding this to the OP, awesome one!

PS: let’s not quite go underground lol, no magazines and hot chicks - unless the game gets an open world setup and it will include space checkpoint racing! (good game mode suggestion spotted :stuck_out_tongue: )

Can I have subwoofers that rattle the bolts in my ships?

 

Or better yet, if I have subwoofers on my frigates, can I knock interceptors back if I turn them on?  :fed006:

In space, no one can hear your subwoofers.

 

In space, no one can hear your subwoofers.

 

 

I laughed

 

In space, no one can hear your subwoofers.

 

Aaaand, you won the thread.

While we’re add it, why not add the ability in free roam to steal other player’s ships. Gran Theft Ships Online!

While we’re add it, why not add the ability in free roam to steal other player’s ships. Gran Theft Ships Online!

I guess JP’s sweetroll machine would be the most popular target.

Oh, not the sweetroll delivery truck frigate!