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Published on October 25, 2011 By Draginol In FE Sneak Peeks

There’s been a lot of talking about the character portraits shown in screenshots.

One thing to bear in mind: Developer journals are not marketing screenshots. I take them in the debugger while I’m working. It’s the only way we are able to have so many developer journals.

That means the lighting, particle effects, etc. are disabled.

Here are some of the character portraits for FE:








Comments (Page 2)
on Oct 26, 2011

I like it - the elemental artwork is really starting to grow on me.  Keep the cool info coming!  Your fans love it. 

on Oct 27, 2011

The Empire portraits look really nice.

The Fallen could need a little more oomph though imo. 

on Oct 29, 2011

They're winning me back.

Granted, it's all theory still, and I still know I'll miss fantasy races, flying units and all, but it's starting to look as if everything else they're putting into FE might actually be truly enough for an unexpanded/unmodded game. And, seeing how skeptic and critic I've been over the past year, I believe it's saying a lot.

Flavor text, art, sounds and all those little additions are *critical* to a game's success. Sure, they cannot replace missing gameplay, but without these little touches, no matter how good the mechanics are, players would never be able to develop that special "intimacy" that lets a game be remembered.

Here's hoping that everything will turn out just fine. Maybe with all Stardock has learnt from this, they'll really be able to create a worthy MoM successor. And if that happens, know that I'll expect to get even an Alpha Centauri's one!!!