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Will day ever end, will the weather ever change?

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Will day ever end, will the weather ever change?

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Skyzen
09.09.2012 , 09:42 PM | #11
Taris has a day and night scene. If you play Repubic it is daytime, Imperials experience Taris at night. It's not that the technology does not exist, it just wasn't implemented on a grand scale.
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jarjarloves
09.09.2012 , 09:58 PM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by Talimar View Post
No.

I love it when people say "It can't be hard". You have any idea what goes into making it like that? Clearly not. Just because another game does it does not make it easy. It has to be planned that way from the start. Shadows are baked into the textures in this game, and while I haven't played lotro, I bet they are not baked in that game. This is a time consuming process and would require a huge effort to change.
seireously it took bliz 2 years to add simple rain and snow in WoW and when they did add it it was a HUGE deal and the main part of a patch.

Now I would like to see them add it in new planets but not in the current ones.

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DPCummerbund
09.09.2012 , 10:25 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by arunav View Post
It would have made sense to have day/night cycles, but for some reason they opted out of putting them in. There is probably a decent reason, in addition to engine limitations - for example, you cannot be outside on Hoth at night according to the films. On the other hand, it would have made the planets more engaging and visually appealing. Taris would have been really spooky at night..
Yeah, that could have been epic. Rakghouls could be nocturnal - you'd have to track them down (sleeping in caves?) during the day, but they'd be out in huge, swarming forces at night. Soloable with good planning during the day, but you'd better have a whole team with you if you want to go out at night. That would have been amazing...
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Sarfux
09.09.2012 , 10:29 PM | #14
And he who rose from the ashes of the ground said and I quote in his name

"there shallth be a day when doesth not stop and weather does not happen, all will be still. For an eternal supper will happen when Jeremiah rises from the ashes and stops all turning of time. He who is forbid to beith thy life in which we hold dear will die a death. There will no longer be the days when the sun rises nor sets, there will be a time of great sorrow, of great weeping, of great...chaos and those who will be fortunate enough to live through the torment of no longer time being an essence in this life of god which we hold dear will be survivors and keep living to survive. He who will call upon will be known as christ. Tis be now known as....THE LONGEST DAY."

I believe that could be a good cop out
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Spatology
09.09.2012 , 10:29 PM | #15
No, the day hasn't ended. The weather won't change. I dont think this is money well spent.

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Quething
09.10.2012 , 04:37 AM | #16
Eh. Day/night is a cool thing that makes the world feel more dynamic, but it's also a nuisance. If you're one of the many people who work a normal 8-hour M-F week, or a student with a normal school week, you play in the evening and you see some day and some sunset and some night if you're up late enough, or you play on the weekend whenever and you get a nice bright day to run around in, and that's great, it adds variety and a sense of realism.

But if you work afternoons or third shift, unless you feel like dealing with the lag from rolling a server six time zones away, your entire gameplay experience is in the dark. It stops being fun pretty quickly. Especially if the game starts adding stuff that sounds neat, like "rakghouls come out at night," but actually just kills the experience for players who have no choice but to run an area at the non-ideal time.

Unless they desync the cycle from the server time and give Taris an eighteen-hour day and Alderaan a thirty-hour one, or whatever, but then you'd need some kind of in-game world clock or something. Stick a big dynamic signboard up in the Fleet cantina that tells you it's dawn on Hoth and lunchtime on Voss. Though I bet players still wouldn't care for the essentially unpredictable nature of it.

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Arkerus
09.10.2012 , 06:04 AM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by SikrouDeco View Post
Simple question, any idea? Will the game always be as it is, and the weather, hour etc never change? Not being snarky, I just really wonder, if the devs ever adressed this, and what they said. It can't be hard, even lotro has day and night lol
The planets were all designed as a specific moment in time. No, the weather will not change. With all the OTHER issues in this game this is the least important thing I can possibly think of.
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09.10.2012 , 06:32 AM | #18
If it will not increase revenue you are unlikely to see it.
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Scritchy
09.10.2012 , 07:11 AM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by Talimar View Post
Shadows are baked into the textures in this game, and while I haven't played lotro, I bet they are not baked in that game. This is a time consuming process and would require a huge effort to change.
What an insanely horrible design decision to go with an engine that can't do lights and shadows properly in this day and age.

Quote: Originally Posted by jarjarloves View Post
seireously it took bliz 2 years to add simple rain and snow in WoW and when they did add it it was a HUGE deal and the main part of a patch.
Just because Blizzard is inept doesn't mean it is hard. A lot of games ship with weather as a part of the game.

Quote: Originally Posted by Quething View Post
Eh. Day/night is a cool thing that makes the world feel more dynamic, but it's also a nuisance. If you're one of the many people who work a normal 8-hour M-F week, or a student with a normal school week, you play in the evening and you see some day and some sunset and some night if you're up late enough, or you play on the weekend whenever and you get a nice bright day to run around in, and that's great, it adds variety and a sense of realism.
I have never seen a game that ran realtime. I think the fastest was around 48mins is a full 24-hour cycle, while I believe the slowest was around 90mins for a 24-hour cycle. Having the day/time in realtime would be a horrible idea and I don't think anybody is suggesting that.

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Anti_Bodies
09.10.2012 , 08:26 AM | #20
I think day/night/weather would be worth the amount of effort put in. It would breath fresh air into the planets.