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Hello names Jason,
First off, I apologize for miss spelling and bad grammar, been up all night working on this and school bare with me please. this is a long post but it will make since at the end. thank you.
A friend and I have been working on a MMO concept for a little over 9 years now, we both are familiar with MMO video games hes a programmer I am hardware yet we both know a little about the other enough so we can understand each other and collaborate on what we need. I am going to be kind'a vague as to what the game is about.
A little back ground on me: I am 35 years old, have a AA in game simulation and programming ( easy course little programming more CMS) and am currently working on a BS degree for Game Development with a business core, my minor hasn't been chosen yet untill I finish my pre Req's for the business core, and development classes then based off the forum discussions. then I shall pick my minor in networking, business ( more entrepreneurship classes N finance) or programming. I have a partial BS in computer engineering from DEVRY, I will go back an finish that after my current BS is complete.
on to my post:
I am wondering if for our project we can get away with purchasing a Game engine like frostbite, Unreal, CryEngine ETC, to modify a game engine severely, or to create a game engine ( yea not our cup of tea will be out sourced)
if you could please read the info I've included to get a gist of some abnormal features that we are trying to incorporate unto the game, and please tell me which you think should be done and why, encase of purchasing and or Modifying a engine, please give reference to the engines you think will suit our needs.
we are not professionals by any means, I am putting my love of tech aside in order to get more of a education in order to get closer to our vision of a game, so please be blunt, pop holes, ask questions. I just ask to forgive my spelling and grammar.
The basic concept of our MMO is to bring the freedom and creativity of old school PEN & PAPER RPG ( D&D, Palladium, vampire of the masquerade, MechWarrior ETC.) to PC. (maybe even console systems) and if any one has played them you know how much paper can be accumulated by what your Toon has done in its adventures, places your Toon owns, NPC you have working for your Toon, followers, ETC. and how much fun it is.
Basic features: multiple screen support, Smart Glass support ( tablets, phone, ETC.) we have tossed the idea around of having made a PC controller designed for the game ( able to use on other games with macro creation) Content Management System ( like Neverwinter nights 1&2 tool set more in-depth though) that allows players to create their own holdings, vehicles, equipment ( based on expansions, questing, ETC)
Multiple Monitor support:
Screen #1 Main view of your Toon, this is where your hot keys, hot bars, and H.U.D. will be displayed along with Toon status, Mini-Map, media player ( like ace online/Cowboy online integration of your own personal music with in game)
Screen #2 to be used for charter sheet: this is where you will have your stats, skills, abilities, powers, NPC, Holdings, ETC. want to allow the player to utilize both screens and have constant real-time updates on the world*( will discuss later update of world).
example 1) you just log on and are traveling to your destination to farm items that you need to build your own, or your employers warehouse, house, guildhall, while traveling you can set up your skill set and powers to what terrain environment and purpose that would suit you also updating your Hot-Key on your keyboard, mouse, Game-Pad. checking "known" locations and looking in on your hired NPC, make real time adjustments to their assigned tasks, see battle areas, ( all depending on communication levels and technology you posses.
example 2) you are in a guild, legion, Merc outfit Battle PK and PVE you just obtained a looted Mech form another player, yet you don't have a skill set set up on your macro or Hotbars, so you can while still fighting start choosing the skills you need In-order to utilize this Mech, call reinforcements, check gear ETC. with out having to pull up sub menus. ( I know sounds Complicated, think of eve's immense skill set and menu system. similar yet in a dual screen/smart glass set up) this would be a menu which could be pulled up like eve if there isn't a dual monitor set up, each section can be sized, stacked and placed based on player preference.
If you prefer to monitor your Toon while offline you can utilize the smart glass app to be able to do things like auctions, quest creations, set up skill sets ( there will be a number of skill sets able to be created per Toon. each player can have a Main Toon, 4 other Sub Toons ( Followers), and NPC ( the player NPC can be created as if it was a player Toon, choosing class skills but only comes with basic equipment for its class, i.e. cloths, and what it needs to do its job. other items are to be built by the player. all NPC start off as level 1) along with use the Content Management System to design building plans, vehicles, armor ETC while offline and not logged in to the game. for al those things you wish you could do and not be logged in a game that's what smart glass is for.
example #1) you are at a town, you log off computer, and pick up your tab, while surfing the net you have a idea for a a building based on something you saw on your FB feed, so you open up you app and start to design the building as you lay back watching some TV, listening to music ETC. once your finished you select submit and it awaits review to see if your Toon has the resources you need in order to create your desired building.
Example #2) you get a text form one of your fellow gamers asking you if you have any XXX, you tell them to hold on. vs going to your computer to log on just to see, you grab your smart glass and check your accessible inventory ( i.e. inventory you could get to in the area you are in game) it so happens you logged off in the middle of B.F.E.. but you checked your known inventory in other places you have setup. and you can make said items and send them to your friend but your NPC has to do that. well if you have communication to your NPC you can have that NPC make/send item xxx. all with out having to log on to your PC.
Content Management System:
The content management system, is similar to others you have seen, unlike others It is going to be built easy and with different levels of creations, the CMS will be synced to your account, and will only allow you to use the tech, material you have access to, you can create content outside of current funds you have, but when you submit them you wont start until your Toon has acquired the necessary fund, or you will start and only get as far as your funds allow. the content management will allow form basic color of armor, ability to place set a area of map, create, upgrade, modify weapons equipment vehicles. even to as detailed as Neverwinter was allowing you to write your own quest hook line n sinkers, to designing your own adventures ( both upon approval, usually by the next week or monthly patch) I want to take the complexity of Skyrim and cross it with the simplicity of Neverwinter nights tool sets. yet add some Game Maker Studio (https://www.yoyogames.com/studio) type of detail.