The evolution of the video game industry
The future of the gaming industry is allowing the "average joe" to join and play with the BIG BOYS. An example is the massive fantasy universe of World of Warcraft that offers you endless hours of entertainment, pulling you in from the very beginning and causing you to come back again and again to enjoy this fantastically original game. With 8.5 million subscribers around the world, games such as, WoW (World of Warcraft) have become increasingly popular. Matter of fact, a movie was just made for it with rumors of more to come. Now Epic Games has released their hugely successful, multiplayer online battle arena game PARAGON to its developer community
Most people, when they start game development are totally blown away by the sheer mountain work involved in coding, model creation, asset production, and more. This is even before the potential of the game can be realized. There is so much to do and enjoy, that it can be a little overwhelming at first. Especially if you are thinking of making a AAA-quality game.
But imagine being a game developer and diving into the fantasy world of Azeroth, upon which World of Warcraft is based, is not simple and easy. Imagine the hours spent on your character (choosing between two factions – Horde or Alliance – and choosing between the races of Tauren, Blood Elves, Undead, Trolls, Orcs, Draene, Gnomes, Night Elves, Dwarves or Humans) but from there you have to build your character up in skill, wealth, possessions and reputation. This can certainly take some time, and from a developers standpoint it can be many, many hours of creation before you can start enjoying the game on a more higher level – partaking in the more glorious adventures, and relishing in all your power and wealth.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go through all this trouble. There is a way you can dive straight into the excitement of game creation by utilizing the FREE ASSETS that have become available for the Unreal engine community via their release of their Paragon game assets. We are talking about over $12 million of creativity made available for FREE with more to come.
Why is it so important to game developers? Simple. It’s an advanced character creation, by someone who has gone through all the trouble in building up a highly detailed model. In other words, it’s a character with all the skill and reputation you’re looking for. Along with the character, comes textures, props, and other assets. So, a wealth ready made assets come along with the character. You have the ability now to dive straight into the higher level of your game creation process faster.
All you need to do is research what kind of character you would like : do you prefer to work alone? Or a team? What is your playing style? Do you prefer magic, or bashing and beating your way through? Character races, factions, crafts and trades will all contribute to these factors. So, from the developer standpoint you just have to research your ideas and start creating with the available assets. How much time can this save you as an independent game developer or even the hobbyist looking to create your own games for fun.
If you’re looking at getting these FREE ASSETS, there are a few things you should take into account. Firstly, are the assets HIGH quality ? If not, move on. You’re not going to be disappointed here. Secondly, are the character rigged and ready to go ? This is actually very important. Occasionally when you purchase advanced characters some glitches can occur. Epic has provided the assets and YES, there is still work that must be done to get ALL the characters to work with animations and such. Luckily there is a HUGE Unreal community and videos are popping up all over teaching you what is necessary to have these excellent assets working for you.
The best part of all this is that the characters can used royalty free for all your development ideas. Whether you make games, graphic novels, or cinematic movies, these assets provide you with an enormous array of possibilities.
So, now you have the chance to bring your dream character to life, and enjoy unstoppable power and masses of wealth that allow you to do just about anything. If you’re getting bored of slaving away at the office all day, slaving away at your profession and craft, now you have the opportunity to jump straight into game creation and bring your ideas to the marketplace where you’ve always wanted to be apart of.
Marco Barnes Jr
Game and Web Content Creator