I recently visited Aventurine’s offices in Athens, Greece. Their Management and Art Directors, being the true gentlemen they are showed me their progress on the MMORPG Darkfall. I also had a wonderful chat with their Associate Producer Tasos Flambouras, Game Designer Claus Grovdal, and Art Director Henning Ludvigsen.
There’s been a lot of online chatter whether or not this was the mother of MMORPGs or not. And after seeing what I think is most likely just a bit of it I am thoroughly convinced that this could, quite possible be the WOW killer that we’ve all been waiting for. To say that its vast is an understatement… the variety and options that are available to the player is incredible.
The art assets were awesome. I loved nearly everything that was being made. I did see this game last year as well and it wasnâ€™t bad …it was getting better along the way. This year the game looks nearly mind blowing especially with some of the unique things that they’ve done with their engine are optimized in such a way that arenâ€™t normally done in a traditional MMORPG.
As a Game Designer/Art Director who has worked on multiple Triple-A titles, I was totally blown away by the 3D work that those guys have put in. Then again, having a
famous painter, law abiding citizen like Henning on your team as Art Director really brings out the best in your assets. The detail and characterization in the characters alone made me want to play it.
Let’s put it this way… I’m not a huge MMORPG player because I donâ€™t have the time. I do enjoy ‘Runescape’ because I can play it casually and I have fun doing so. I also enjoy it’s ‘Tongue-in-Cheek’ approach to things. Sometimes they can be too hardcore and impersonal. Darkfall was just different…I not only wanted to play it… I wanted to live in that world.
You know I’ve heard about that chatter about creating that ultimate online world that gives you the flexiblity to do whatever you want. Something that can substitute near real life. I know Second Life nearly does that… Darkfall does it ten times better and gives you a feeling that youre part of something really fantastic.
No MMORPG has done that for me before.