5 January

Adventure Introduction: Sense of Identity

By Kaizen

As we enter the new year, the team here at Soulbound Studios has new adventures to complete. We wrapped up our most recent adventure at the end of 2017, and we entered the office recharged, ready to take on our next set of quests.

For those who are new to the happenings around here, welcome! We're glad you're joining us on this journey. To catch you up on these blogs: We'll be framing the next set of blogs and updates as adventures, and each adventure will have a set of quests our parties need to complete to achieve our goals. There are a handful of adventures we'll need to take on before Alpha I backers will be able to hop into the world of VoxElyria from the comfort of their homes.

Our next adventure is focused on providing a sense of identity and corporealness to the characters in Chronicles of Elyria. There will be three major quests to tackle this time around, revolving around character customization, the inventory system, and collision.

Let's dig into the details.

The Quest for Character Customization

The first screen in character creation is birthday selection. It will contain a simple UI to allow players to pick an age, and then an individual birthday. Once a qualified birth date is generated, a number of things about your character are determined including which families are in the correct age range for you to join and elements of your personal destiny! As the team completes more of this quest, you'll see that celestial bodies play a part in a character's destiny as well. There are countless comets, asteroids, planetesimals, moons and planets in the Elyrian system but, for the purposes of determining player destinies and astrology in general, only those objects that are most visible or seen as most "monumental" are tracked. We revealed a few of the celestial bodies in Elyria here, but in cased you missed it, here's a peek at a few of the heavenly bodies in the Elyrian system created by Art Director Heat.

During character creation, all eight starting tribes can be customized according to their bloodline. This means we're increasing the depth of character customization to include all aspects of the starting tribes: hair, eyes, skin, height, and face, in addition to proportionality. These traits will be reflected on the character when the character enters the world. Designer Souzou and UI/UX Designer Death will work with the art team to finalize and polish that tribal constraints for each customization setting.

Lastly, the team is building the Soul Chamber in engine, so our characters have a space to exist in during character creation. Technical Art Lead wiz is optimizing the lighting for the scene, Character Artist Vanimus Prime is polishing the tribe target models, Technical Animator Strider is working on implementing the proper camera positions, Character Artist Irreverent is crafting a work-in-progress world map that will be how you choose your starting location (in a future adventure), Animator Racronos is modeling the geometry and details of the Soul Chamber, Death is creating the UI, and Engineer Sekmu is working on the engineering aspects to pull everything together.

And the end of this adventure, players can choose a birthday, name, and physical appearance during character creation.

The Quest for Inventory Management

As we design and build our inventory system, we need to be able to test functionality of the feature. So at the moment in our test builds, characters in the world will be able to open up their inventory screen and move things between three containers. This includes a backpack, coin purse, and pocket. At the moment, we'll assign random equipment in the inventory to test that the feature is working as designed.

Each container or bag on a character can hold any number of items as long the total volume and weight doesn't exceed the container's limitations. Each container will be accessed through the central inventory, where you can select and then view the contents of a given container by selecting it and opening it.

The amount of space open, as well as the weight of the bag, will be represented through visual icons.

As a player, you can move objects from one container to another. If there is ample space to fit the new object, it will succeed and the container's UI will change to reflect this newly added weight and volume.

Equipping something to the body costs time rather than happening instantaneously. Different equipment have different time costs; for example, equipping a pair of gloves would take less time than equipping a cuirass. These equip times can be impacted by various factors, including attributes, environment, and character status.

The world of Chronicles of Elyria is a dangerous one, so you make sure your location is safe before you change equipment. For example: If you want to change your pants but you're wearing greaves, you need to first take off your greaves and then your current pants before donning your new ones. If interrupted before finishing donning your pants but after having removed everything else, your character will be rendered pantless! Yes, pantless.

In addition to the inventory management feature, the design team is tasked with creating the wearables and wieldables in Chronicles of Elyria, as well as fleshing out the encumbrance system. For this adventure, the team will come up with a list of wearables and wieldables, wireframes for both of the features, and the functionality to put things on and take them off.

Souzou has been working on some of the wireframes for this feature and had a few things to say about the upcoming system. "One of the bigger problems when designing the inventory is keeping it feeling organic. Immersion is a large focus for us, and so the inventory system needs to feel intuitive while also being robust," Souzou said when asked for a comment. "A good inventory system is, at minimum, an inventory system that wastes as little of the player's time as possible. If you have to navigate through a bunch of submenus time after time, what might have been a forgivable amount of dallying suddenly becomes a lot more irritating. Thanks to the nature of CoE, there are several other things we get to do with the inventory system to make it fun. One of that being the tension that comes from using it at a given time. Since danger is always around the corner, when you decide to look into your inventory, you're taking a calculated risk."

At the end of the adventure, players will be able to move items from their inventory onto their persons and into their hands.

The Quest for World Interaction

Whenever a player is within some proximity of an object in the world - whether that be craftable objects, plants, animals, or other natural resources (not structures / buildings), characters can examine the object. Information will be tiered based on character knowledge, so a blacksmith will likely get more information about a metal ore than a farmer. Examining does not require someone to pick up or otherwise interact with an object.

As characters move about in the world they may attempt to pick up or put down objects. If the object is too heavy for them to pick up, the character will still try!

Where before we were just downloading terrain, we now want to download all object positions and data, including hand-placed trees, rocks buildings, and other players. By completion of this adventure the world being downloaded around your character will look a lot like our biome explorations.

Similar to the pairing of download and physics in the previous adventure, in this adventure, all items in the scene which have been downloaded from the server should be able to be collided with on both the client and the server.

Players will collide with the terrain, structures, trees, and other players by either being forced to stop or trying to slip around the obstacle if it isn't too big (think walking through crowds in Assassin's Creed).

At the end of the adventure, players will be able to move about while seeing and colliding with static objects such, as trees and buildings, and collide with other characters.

What's Next?

Executive Producer Vye will be showing off some of the progress the next time you see an update about this adventure. Creative Director Caspian is also working on the latest State of Elyria post, so be on the look out for that.

As always, be sure to follow our Discord, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the studio.

Until next time...

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MrKobna - 1 month ago

Fantastic to see such smooth progression

"Information will be tiered based on character knowledge, so a blacksmith will likely get more information about a metal ore than a farmer." - That is just an awesome and immersive feature that I love! Really makes you feel like an expert in a certain field

YHess - 2 months ago

I liked the the idea of using walking through crowds in Assassin's Creed as a aim/reference, it really improves movement fluidity

Quijenoth - 3 months ago

Interested in the designers thoughts on assisting with the dressing mechanic. Would a knight not want a squire to assist in donning his armor?

Will we see 3D rendered items in our inventory or jpeg icons like MMOs of old, I'm hoping for the former myself because if your going to spend the time and effort rendering all items in game it only makes sense to use the same rendering on the inventory.

How will Quickdraw systems work with inventory? its going to take time to search through a backpack of goods but what about finding the right item on a bandoleer, utility belt or quiver?

Johan Housel - 2 months ago
@Quijenoth:

Posted By Quijenoth at 11:18 AM - Fri Feb 02 2018

Interested in the designers thoughts on assisting with the dressing mechanic. Would a knight not want a squire to assist in donning his armor?

Will we see 3D rendered items in our inventory or jpeg icons like MMOs of old, I'm hoping for the former myself because if your going to spend the time and effort rendering all items in game it only makes sense to use the same rendering on the inventory.

How will Quickdraw systems work with inventory? its going to take time to search through a backpack of goods but what about finding the right item on a bandoleer, utility belt or quiver?

Unfortunately as character and equipment models increase in complexity, you will find sudden and abrupt system resource drains/stalls from pressing "I" and suddenly having to call renders on everything you own. What we do in that scenario is take a screenshot of said item at an appropriate angle, and there ya go, a happy medium that looks good and performs well :)

ReinKing - 4 months ago

I am loving your attention to the details of reality. Actions like dressing, undressing and the act formerly know as looting all taking game time (and effort, perchance training) is a big deal to me! On the flip side I worry that I may be the only true fan of queing up actions and multi-tasking but either way no complaints!

Sobemunkey - 4 months ago

This is a nice set of goals. I am a bit concerned about the switching of clothing/gear and how that might affect gameplay for those that are impatient to those types of things, however this game is clearly a new brand of MMO. I am impressed.

MinatoGod - 4 months ago

Is it worth to hop on with the 45 dollar pledge? how much early access does it give me

Nkrumah - 4 months ago

Nice!

Whiteboy671 - 4 months ago

woot

Whese - 4 months ago

Only just hopped on to this bandwagon and already I'm thrilled and can't wait to see this game released!

Dustan - 4 months ago

Yay! Great information and super exciting. Thanks to all the Directors and staff with Soulbound for their hard work.

Vormetri - 4 months ago

Looking good! Thanks to you and the team. Looking forward to what 2018 brings.

LeBron - 4 months ago

I'm really looking forward to the State of Elyria post.

Poldano - 4 months ago

It's nice to see the intention to sweat the details on inventory management. I quit one game in particular (ESO) specifically because of the problems with inventory management, about 2 months after launch, and I never got up the motivation to give it another try.

NightRevolt - 4 months ago

Brilliant, simply brilliant. Please, keep up the great work !

Moonlynx - 4 months ago

OK, I might be reading too much into this, but here it goes. In our solar system, the heavenly bodies are named specifically for the Roman mythology because of the fact that it is a 'dead' mythology. Thus, we have Mercury, Venus, and ect.

The Elyrian heavenly bodies are named for the Qindred, a still active religion. Just how did the Tor'esk get the rest of the tribes to agree to their naming of the planets?

Why would a Faedin Brudvir look up at the sky and say 'I see Ao. "

UNLESS, the Qindred is the religion of the Ancients.

Snipehunter - 4 months ago
@Moonlynx:

Posted By Moonlynx at 06:55 AM - Tue Jan 09 2018

OK, I might be reading too much into this, but here it goes. In our solar system, the heavenly bodies are named specifically for the Roman mythology because of the fact that it is a 'dead' mythology. Thus, we have Mercury, Venus, and ect.

The Elyrian heavenly bodies are named for the Qindred, a still active religion. Just how did the Tor'esk get the rest of the tribes to agree to their naming of the planets?

Why would a Faedin Brudvir look up at the sky and say 'I see Ao. "

UNLESS, the Qindred is the religion of the Ancients.

Clever. :)

Though, it's more likely that our hypothetical Brudvir stargazer would say something like, "That one, there, that's the wanderer they call Ao, named for one of their gods."

It sort of plays into the way the naming mechanics work in the game of CoE; the stars and planets are called by their commonly accepted names, and those names are generally sourced by the people who made knowledge of the object in question commonplace. So many, but not all, of the celestial bodies tracked in the Elyrian sky have names based on the Qindred faith, but some have Virtori or Al'tifali names that are commonly accepted, instead.

Hope that helps! :)

Noryn - 4 months ago

Fantastic! I love the defs commitment to details and realism in CoE. Keep it up!

Mortal - 4 months ago

Cool

Swordwalker - 4 months ago

Will items show where they can be placed on the PC's body? can a person carry this above "cool hat" around the the hand slot and have the "cool hat" show up in game as being carried in the players hand?

Will items not fitting or stick out of the bags show as sticking out of the backpack or sack of the player as they move around the world?

silversild - 4 months ago

Awesome! Thanks :)

MaverickMissy - 4 months ago

Really looking forward to the state of Elyria. But really missing the Q&A streams

Swordwalker - 4 months ago

I will tip my cool hat at you as soon as I learn how to equip it.

Varhukan - 4 months ago

I like it all this is great

Arkyon - 4 months ago

Awesome

Papa - 4 months ago

The anticipation of watching this adventure slowly come together Is intense.

Lodrig - 4 months ago

I'm curious as to how the difference in volume and weight limitations are going to be displayed. A bag should logically have a volume limit but no weight limit (a piece of neutron-star matter would fit in a bag even though it would weigh as much as a mountain). So weight limits should be a character attribute displayed so is it indicated separately, if so we still need to know the weight of individual bags.

Protey - 4 months ago
@Lodrig:

Posted By Lodrig at 8:46 PM - Sat Jan 06 2018

>A bag should logically have a volume limit but no weight limit

That is not logical. Bags have a limit to their tensile strength and as such have a weight limit which will cause the bag to break when exceeded.

Lodrig - 4 months ago
@Protey:

Posted By Protey at 12:10 AM - Sun Jan 07 2018

Posted By Lodrig at 8:46 PM - Sat Jan 06 2018

>A bag should logically have a volume limit but no weight limit

That is not logical. Bags have a limit to their tensile strength and as such have a weight limit which will cause the bag to break when exceeded.

No, a person can just cup their hand under said bag and support the contents without putting any tensile stress on the container.

In the interests of keeping the system as simple as possible this is what I would propose. A volume limit on bags (maybe done with those Diablo like grids) and a simple weight total displayed on the bag maybe by a vertical bar along the bag. The players total carried weight and limit could be another vertical bar which would indicate their weight limit or any penalties associated with carrying weight.

Protey - 4 months ago
@Lodrig:

Posted By Lodrig at 3:50 PM - Sun Jan 07 2018

Posted By Protey at 12:10 AM - Sun Jan 07 2018

Posted By Lodrig at 8:46 PM - Sat Jan 06 2018

>A bag should logically have a volume limit but no weight limit

That is not logical. Bags have a limit to their tensile strength and as such have a weight limit which will cause the bag to break when exceeded.

No, a person can just cup their hand under said bag and support the contents without putting any tensile stress on the container.

In the interests of keeping the system as simple as possible this is what I would propose. A volume limit on bags (maybe done with those Diablo like grids) and a simple weight total displayed on the bag maybe by a vertical bar along the bag. The players total carried weight and limit could be another vertical bar which would indicate their weight limit or any penalties associated with carrying weight.

Your posts are illogical. Just because people CAN support bags underneath doesn't mean they always will... as such it is illogical to remove the weight limit of bags altogether, because the bag's tensile strength will come into play if for any moment you don't cup the bag underneath. Also take into account, if one is carrying heavy objects in a bag, the vast majority of time one will not support the contents underneath with one's hands unless it is over a very short distance. Carrying of heavy weight for long distances is primarily done by strapping to the back (i.e.: backpack/rucksack) or with a pole across the shoulders with a bucket/bag on each side to counterbalance (water used to be carried this way). Both of these instances does not have one's hands providing support underneath.

Wolfguarde - 4 months ago
@Protey:

Posted By Protey at 3:10 PM - Sun Jan 07 2018

Posted By Lodrig at 8:46 PM - Sat Jan 06 2018

>A bag should logically have a volume limit but no weight limit

That is not logical. Bags have a limit to their tensile strength and as such have a weight limit which will cause the bag to break when exceeded.

A size limit, too. I didn't see it mentioned, though I'm sure it hasn't been overlooked. You can't fit a bamboo hockey stick into a small hemp sack, regardless of how little it weighs.

Seeing a lot of progress in these last few updates that I thought might be a bit further down the track because of the development schedule, and I'm pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

Salvador - 4 months ago

Thumbs up!

Kraft - 4 months ago

Good job!

Prof_Griz - 4 months ago

I can't wait to rummage around in my pockets in VoxElyria!

Jenniann - 4 months ago

awesome update guys

Wynd - 4 months ago

Cool hat looks op. Just saying. :P

JustAGamingZebra - 4 months ago

So interesting to see what everyone is up to! Really looking forward to hearing more about character creation. It sounds very customisable.

Zakarus - 4 months ago

Grandpa will put on some pants lol.

Gan Xing - 4 months ago

I can't wait to run around pantless!! with my cool hat of course

Jute - 4 months ago

Happy new year, everyone! Thanks for keeping us up to date with your progress.

Digby - 4 months ago

Great information I look forward to playing

Tetho - 4 months ago

Nice! Can't wait for more updates to come soon since Alpha 1 will be starting pretty soon(I think).

Elee - 4 months ago

Thanks for the awesome update I really appreciate it.

Ivorax - 4 months ago

Paint > Screenshot

Cavalorn - 4 months ago

Thanks for the great update

Oracle - 4 months ago

Sounds well organised as always, and well thought out design. Looking forward to the next update :)

There's definately some amusing ambush potential for the deviant minds out there. Perhaps a secluded spot with some nice chain pants left on display lol.

Verde - 4 months ago

ow as a kypiq i dont know how much load i will be able to handle. Blowing it all over would be nice. Great job SBS i knew they would make this much progress so soon!😊

SoLarRax - 4 months ago

i dont know about you all but a horse and cart sure does look good =) not that ill be so rich that i cant fit all my meager belongings into my pockets

Trelia - 4 months ago

I think if changing what you wear will take time.. a button that would allow you to put on a set of clothes rather than having to click each part individually would be really nice.

and I have to wonder, how much testing is it going to take to find that perfect balance between, this is really annoying and this is nice bit of realism.

Zakarus - 4 months ago

(going to get stoned for this) Finally a game that could/should knock oldman WoW off the high chair.

Ravenlute - 4 months ago
@Zakarus:

Posted By Zakarus at 11:46 PM - Fri Jan 05 2018

(going to get stoned for this) Finally a game that could/should knock oldman WoW off the high chair.

No hate here but they are very different playstyles so I don't think that's going to happen because of CoE.

Von_Drak - 4 months ago

Nice moving for-worth

Augustus_Aquila - 4 months ago

Good job Sbs keep it up ! 👍

Daynen - 4 months ago

Intriguing. Never seen a game that bothers to simulate the time it takes to change clothes or equip things. And we're going to specifically have a coin purse? Ahhhhh hell, here we go with the purse cutting...

As always, the communication and transparency are what give me the confidence to tell people about this game. Stay the course, SBS. Bring the vision to life and don't give the haters the time of day.

Count_Vilith_D'Argent - 4 months ago

Awesome. I am really jonesing for this game hard.

Daemon_Redwyne - 4 months ago

I look forward to CoE more and more every day!

Ravenlute - 4 months ago

First off, great update, looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Okay, so I know those are planet mockups but Ao and Mydra have the same cloud formations. I can't unsee it! The shapes!

Alright, carry on.

Drefan - 4 months ago

Nice seeing the little things that as a gamer we've just taken for granted for years.

Elfseeker - 4 months ago

finally a game where doing your preparations at home before heading out will be all kinds of clever. :) or at the very least, to rent a room somewhere or clean out a cave system before changing your outfit. :P

Ravenlute - 4 months ago
@Elfseeker:

Posted By Elfseeker at 7:16 PM - Fri Jan 05 2018

finally a game where doing your preparations at home before heading out will be all kinds of clever. :) or at the very least, to rent a room somewhere or clean out a cave system before changing your outfit. :P

I'll be the one you see off the side of the road half undressed, waving as you go by.

Will it be foolishness just waiting for tragedy or bait waiting for you to venture off the road? Hmmmm....

Madcatz1 - 4 months ago

COOLNESS

NiHZ - 4 months ago

I'm so excited~

Nixxaras - 4 months ago

I'm still extremely hyped about this game, even if i'm not going to play it before long, and that i'm not influent at all :)

Venekor - 4 months ago

Love the update! Thanks for sharing what everyone is working on!

BlueEyes - 4 months ago

I'm Brazilian and I'm so happy and excited to play, I can not wait to participate in this wonderful world of Elyria.

Nayr Murdoc - 4 months ago

Posted By Kaizen If interrupted before finishing donning your pants but after having removed everything else, your character will be rendered pantless! Yes, pantless.

lol i cant wait to catch the enemy with their pants down... Wait that's not what i meant.

Hieronymus - 4 months ago

Thumbs up!

And now for some combat footage of pantless Elyrians ...

Grim_ - 4 months ago

WOW #2

CommonlyQuixotic - 4 months ago

This was a nice update. I really like the way the inventory system is being handled.

Lanane_Silverwalker - 4 months ago

This makes WoW look completely and utterly obsolete and behind the times. I can't believe it's taken this long for someone or a gaming company to come up with mechanics like this. I'm so stoked and can not wait to start being a true Elyrian adventurer.

Azmodeth - 4 months ago

cool hats confirmed !

promise - 4 months ago

This is so cool, I love that some objects will be too heavy for our characters to lift. The image of slipping past something is also great! Little details like that are going to make this game so amazing and immersive.

Arisilde - 4 months ago

Cool beans.

Dracomon - 4 months ago

Should I be concerned about Death's involvement in how I interact with things? >_>

AeonWulf - 4 months ago

Awesome!

kuthedk - 4 months ago

awesome, it has been a while since I've read some concrete information on how this game is shaping up and the mechanics behind it. Thanks for the quick read!

Litzkrieg - 4 months ago

Awesome news! I especially like the astrological influence. Not a believer IRL, but in a fantasy setting, it definitely helps integrate lore and immersion. Very excited to create my own character!

HammerStrike - 4 months ago

Woot!!

TheEvilBassist - 4 months ago

Great update guys. I really loved the world interaction part, it'a what stuck out to me and it's just that attention to detail that makes me wanna immerse myself in this game :)

Londo - 4 months ago

Looking forward to my Cool Hat!

Rieko - 4 months ago

Inventory management piece was nice to see. Glad we'll have bag slots that are separate from coin purses. Makes certain ideas interesting.

Atlas Forgiven - 4 months ago

When will those awesome Q&As return?

Count_Anatar - 4 months ago

The hype is real!

Leonardo_Loriano - 4 months ago

Looks really cool, good job again!

Azeron - 4 months ago

Awesome update!

Yukisaboten - 4 months ago

Cool beans. I wonder if other inventories (i.e chests and other storage in player homes) work the same way.

dada - 4 months ago

huhuu wave

Bombastus - 4 months ago

Very nice. Good to see some concrete systems broken down in detail!

Moohasha - 4 months ago

Woohoo!

Gregarious - 4 months ago

wow