Whether you want to be a member of the Federation, Klingon Empire, or Romulan Republic, you'll love Star Trek Online's redesigned character creator.
Character creation is a really big deal in MMOs. Your character defines you, and how they look is important since you're going to be stuck with them for a very long time. Designing the perfect character can be extremely satisfying, but if the character creator itself isn't that great, it can really take away from an otherwise great experience. Fortunately, the Star Trek Online team realized that their character creator was lacking, and they've completely re-imagined the system and detailed the process in their Legacy of Romulus Dev Blog #7.
According to the developers at Cryptic, their goals with the revamped character creator were to, "immerse the player with a thematic presentation and streamline the experience with a simplified visual interface."
Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star.
Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries.
To do this, they've rebuilt their character creator from the ground up. For thematic purposes, there's a new login screen and Faction-specfic backgrounds to help create a more immersive experience.
More importantly, the new streamlined character creator flows much better than its predecessor, and now focuses the entire experience in to three areas: Faction, Race and Class Selection, Appearance, and Background, Name and Confirmation. In each of these new areas, you'll be able to preview your selections before they're applied.
The new character creator also comes with preset characters and outfits for those players who don't want to be bothered getting in to the nitty-gritty of character design. These preset characters come with an ideal set of traits that can be customized once in-game.
Other changes, like minimizing advanced details by default, will make new players more comfortable when creating a character without overwhelming them with too much information. However, if they want to dig deeper, the content is still available deeper in the menus for their enjoyment.
The Star Trek Online team clearly put a lot of thought and hard work in to making their revamped character creator something special. If you want to learn about all of the changes coming to Star Trek Online's character creator in Legacy of Romulus, head over to the official Star Trek Online blog.