With or without background location art ?

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jack1974
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With or without background location art ?

Post by jack1974 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:23 pm

UPDATED the image with a better comparison!
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It might not be exactly representative, because the map is different from up to down. But basically, the upper screenshot has no background art (behind the isometric map) while the screenshot on the bottom has it. They're generic background art to represent the zone/location/area.
Which one looks better? I have actually also another idea, to have some sort of black shroud around the map so it gets more focus, might try to do a mockup later if I have time :)

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by ValHallen » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:28 pm

I think with background is more immersive

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by RosasWarrior » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:48 pm

Right now, I am leaving more to without, the background is a little distracting if I want to focus on the battle. I'll have to see if it'll be less distracting with the black shroud :)

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by jack1974 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:16 pm

Another user on twitter suggested more opaque floor tiles, which is also a good idea I think.

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by Franka » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:27 am

Option to toggle background requested.

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:52 am

Heh that's always a good solution indeed. We have already toggle near/far wall on/off (though probably makes sense only near walls) so we could just add that and solve the dispute :)

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by Lonestar51 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:55 am

Would be interesting to see how the background looks once all tiles are uncovered. I fear it might not be that great. Also, some kinds of background may distract (the muted tones shown should be OK). My vote is for without.

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:15 pm

True, here's a screenshot with background and fully explored map:
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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by Lonestar51 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:02 pm

Hmm... the vote seems to go "with background"... I still like the bare background better, as it seems my opinion is in the minority.

Maybe you should make sure there is nothing relevant in the obscured part, and that the background does not change meaning somehow once the map is uncovered. There may be any number of pitfalls - but WW is an experienced studio full of professionals so you will avoid the pitfalls of course. 8)

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Re: With or without background location art ?

Post by jack1974 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:19 pm

The majority of votes was cast BEFORE I put this last image :oops: so I don't think is really representative, since I think that with the background ultimately gets too much confusing. I think it should be more transparent otherwise it risks to get in the way... anyway I enabled changing votes, so people that see the new image can change the vote in the poll (also updated the first image).

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