Any veteran player in Skara knows about the struggles of each culture to thrive and survive in the dying scenario under the Two Suns. The Tamvaasa facing the Cataclysm from the Long North with a new fear for the expanding Kharn who recently took Kornit. The Shinse now living across the mountains after being expelled from their ancestral homes by the Celea. And the Durno… well, nobody knows about the Durno since they closed their frontiers after the Cataclysm and the Battle of Hiria.
But, on Alpha versions, a newcomer would think that Tamvaasa, Celea or Shinse are unique characters instead of cultures. Only after exploring the menu and the wiki in depth would they start to have a sense of what Skara and their different factions really are: a background for the creation of unique characters that live adventures in the universe of the Two Suns.
We’ve been so focused on gameplay, combat feeling and hearing your feedback that we left this part for the end of the development – and that is a pity since there is so material in the Lore to work with – but the time is finally here: on Beta, there will be great opportunities for you to develop the background stories of your characters inside the game. We don’t want to spoil too many details for now, but you will see some cool concepts and mechanics to expand your characters’ stories: quests, missions and events which results will influence the whole world of Skara. This is what we meant with the ‘Soul of an RPG’ theme.
All this will start with your character creation: with this mechanic you will get to choose a culture and define what makes your character unique. You can define your place of birth, background story, political involvement within your own culture and aspirations as a warrior in Skara. As you have seen in some of our players’ background stories, that could be the desire of killing your father’s assassin, like Crimson, or to bring back the North to your fellow Tamvaasa like Stez. Or simply enjoy the act of fighting like Useless. But this will happen inside the game, not a side mechanich like it has been happening to date.
Next week we’ll discuss about all the cosmetic possibilities you will see when it comes to create your own character. Stay tuned!
See you on the battlefield,
Pablo and the Skara Team