So it is official, my project will be to design a MOBA game in the same vein as League of legends or Dota. I will be designing the actual mechanics of the game in a small concept document in order to detail the restrictions the game characters will have on them mechanics wise. I will need to detail things like what kind of world this game takes place in and how the arena mechanics and layout works.
I am going to be designing 5 characters that would feature in this game; they will each fulfil one of the game roles such as mage, tank or support role. Each character will also have a biography and an image of the environment they came from, whether they are from a city or an alien jungle.
I will explore methods of creating characters, specifically three methods. 1) Design the characters visuals and have story and gameplay come after, 2) write a story about lore of the character and have the gameplay and visuals develop from that, and 3) create a gameplay design and have the visuals and story develop from that.
At the end of the project I will be able to evaluate each method and determine which if any are more beneficial than the others.
This is an example of character concept art from League of legends.
Swan2Swan, (2012) YAAAAAAAAY, Tumbler. Retrieved from http://swan2swan.tumblr.com/post/29005323846/yaaaaaaaay
This is a recent addition to the league of legends roster, Diana was conceived through narrative relation to another character in the roster, a character called Leona. There was lots of development to lead up to this final design and my characters will require this too. However something like this would be what to expect of the final character design display. There will also be a small paragraph about the characters lore and an environmental piece to give some visual context and to improve my environmental art skills.
The outcomes of this project will be to have a blog detailing my progress throughout the project, a document to show all of my design and development work and finally a well presented booklet to showcase the game and it’s characters, almost like a small art book and intro to the game.
Once i have finalized my project plan i will post it here too.