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Why does Exoplanet: First Contact work with a predefined character?:
Thanks Couchpotato!PREDEFINED PROTAGONIST
We tell you how we decided to create a predefined protagonist.
You have asked us if there would be an option to create your own character. In this article we'd like to explain why we can't give such an option to the players and why we made such decisions.
Of course, it's great to be able to create a character based entirely on your own preferences - to define his appearance parameters, like in Skyrim, or even choose a backstory, like in Mass Effect. And many players will feel a strong attachment to such a custom character.However, fully predefined characters also have many advantages - remember Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption 2 or Geralt from The Witcher. So what can be said about our hero?
Jack Sharp -- the one and only?
When thinking about what our main character would be like, we considered many factors, such as the technical and production complexity of implementing full-scale character customization. And by designing a predetermined character, we wanted to achieve certain creative goals, which we'll talk about next.
A fully customizable character means always a massive amount of work. Just giving players the ability to change the gender of a character, for example, would require creating a lot more assets and adapting each of them to additional animations!