Producing a game means doing a lot of things, and sometimes that means choosing not to do things. Missing Worlds Media
is wrapping up pre-production on City of Titans
, the upcoming spiritual successor to City of Heroes
, and one of the things that's been mandatory is keeping a realistic perspective on what can and cannot be achieved on a limited production schedule. The latest development blog
talks about exactly that, focusing on something very familiar to everyone who has played an MMO: respawns.
One of the elements included in the Unreal Engine powering the game is a respawn system. The development team had originally thought about creating an entirely new set of systems, but developing all of that would substantially add to the amount of development time needed in the game. As such, it was deemed as not mandatory for launch. It's a bit of a disappointment, but as the blog entry explains
, it's a choice that needed to be made as the game approaches the full production stage.