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During sieges or during monster events those venders, the non-combat NPCs, are usually provided for through a particular building type, unless they're general NPCs. If they're general NPCs currently, I think what we're doing is we're despawning them if they're not combat-oriented and if they are a service building like a constructible, if that building becomes damaged, then the NPC is disabled post the event, or post the siege until the building is repaired; but they're not present to be killed as part of the siege event. If they're a combat NPC, such as a mercenary or like a captain of the guard whatever: they're present, they can be killed and they have ramifications for doing so.[4]Steven Sharif
  • Some NPC movements and behaviors are dictated by time of day or other rotational cycle, others will be static.[8]
Where we place the NPC rotations that are relevant- those would be rotations that exist perhaps within an hour, not so much within a day so-to-speak. So there might be five minutes of some changing of an organization's acolytes in a temple or something; and that might be because obviously there's a quest related to that rotation.[8]Steven Sharif
  • NPCs will behave differently based on a player's reputation.[9][10][11][12] Otherwise, branching dialog trees are not currently planned for NPC interactions.[9]
Q: Can you influence NPCs or mobs when interacting with them by using your knowledge of their unique personalities/routines/lore or general knowledge of the world state?
A: We haven't planned for any type of branching dialogue personalities that give insight to those types of things and I don't believe that's planned for our narrative design, no. There is however some potential faction-based reputations that can be had and those reputations might send the NPCs down different behavior trees; and that is something that is incorporated. But if I understand the question correctly it's more along the lines of catering specific dialogue responses that will send down different dialogue branches and that's not planned.[9]Steven Sharif
Elite monster 3D turntable.[13]

It's a really big dude and the idea behind him is you're gonna see big monsters- I think that the character comes up to like his elbow maybe, or just beneath the elbow I'm not sure- but you're going to see these big elites just roaming and wandering through the world. They're not assigned any to to any particular hunting ground, they just roam; and I think that component is pretty cool especially when you have an open world where you can see something unique that's not matching the monsters you're hunting in a certain area but just strolls by.[13]Steven Sharif

Goblin 3D render. 3D model by Chris Atkins.[14]

There are going to be different types of "Goblinesque" creatures; and this one has not skipped out on his leg or arm day, which is a good thing for him because he's probably going to be in a lot of fights.[15]Steven Sharif

There will be a mix of different monsters and difficulty levels throughout the world that are tied to the development of nearby nodes. As nodes advance, mobs will present new and increasing dangers that players can participate in.[16]

In the world naturally there will be locations that are going to have a mix of different levels of monsters and difficulty levels; and then those spawn tables relate to the development of nearby nodes. So as nodes develop they'll be changing the spawn tables around them to reflect their further development in the world, presenting new and more difficult dangers that the players can participate in.[16]Steven Sharif
  • Not all creatures are immediately hostile to players.[17][10] Some creatures may hunt other creatures.[18]
We've talked about this a little bit in the past when talking about taming and/or certain types of like creature gatherable resources there are herds that exist out there. There are big game that exist out there, where they're not going to aggro and attack you per-se. Also lower level monsters and certain type of like social monsters may not attack you off the bat.[10]Steven Sharif
We will have flying monsters but essentially what that means is there's going to be rotations either in the behavior tree that might make them inaccessible to targets, or they might do some like swooping attacks; they might come and land on the ground and fight you. But generally monsters are going to be accessible from on the ground, so we're not creating content for the limited number of individuals who are going to have access to a flying mount.[19]Steven Sharif
Leashes are relevant. There's other gameplay implications that happen when you're able to actually move populations around. We don't want to really give that to the players perspective.[21]Steven Sharif
  • Named mobs will usually have a unique character appearance.[22]
There is something to be had there about those types of screen-shake effects. We want them to be present when we're emphasizing certain things, but we don't want them to be a nuisance, or annoying, or too plentiful; and having screen-shake apply to every step would probably be too abundant. Will players have control over those on-screen type effects? Yeah I think so. I think that's something we want to provision as a customizable option for players to be able to turn off, because it can be somewhat nauseating for certain groups of people and a distraction from what's happening in the world.[23]Steven Sharif

NPC types

NPC variants

Es wird Varianten der Monatlichen Kosmetik für NPCs und Mobs geben.[29][30]

Wir haben es bereits erwähnt, was die Kosmetik angeht, aber all diese vorbestellbaren Gegenstände erlauben es uns, die Welt zu erschaffen. Sie sind die NPCs in der Welt. Ihr helft uns, NPC-Varianten zu erstellen. Die Kleidung und Kostüme sind Kostüme, die wir NPCs anziehen werden. Du hilfst uns tatsächlich dabei, die Welt zu erschaffen.[31]Margaret Krohn

NPC races

NPC racial interaction

NPCs werden unterschiedlich auf verschiedene Tags eines Charakters reagieren.[33]

  • Zum Beispiel, Elfen-NPCs können mit Menschen anders interagieren als mit Elfen.

NPC languages

The race of a NPC influences its language and nomenclature in terms of its dialogue tree.[34]

Hired NPCs

Hired NPCs are able to be utilized for specific functions.[36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46]

Node-related NPCs
Player-hired NPCs
Those are specific types of NPCs that have specific functions; and for example, on the freehold, we've always talked about in the past having certain NPCs that are capable of rotating crops or planting and/or watering, doing certain process-oriented functions that are available to the user to acquire. We still have those plans. Those plans will follow a similar pet system functionality, core system functionality, where they'll have actions that can be dictated by the user.[36]Steven Sharif
Q: How advanced is it going to be? How advanced is going to be the system of hiring and customizing?
A: Relatively advanced. I think there's a few paths that you can take when it comes to training up those types of NPC aids. What things that they can do. I think there's going to be different tiers and costs associated with higher level assistance on the freehold. But the same is true for mercenaries that nodes can hire, or castles can place with regards to sieges and/or wars and/or events. Like you have a very base functioning level of mercenaries with set of equipment and skill rotations and behavior trees that are possible at a fundamental level. And then as you upgrade the node's barracks, as you might upgrade- you might achieve certain Relics that you gain or enact certain policies that allow you to dial up the stats of those mercenaries. The same thing is true for the NPCs that can exist on freeholds, except those might be more predicated to service buildings that relate to artisanship. And that might be one of the reasons why it's beneficial to own a freehold in one particular node versus another- is based off of what amenities are now available to your freehold as a result of that node selection.[49]Steven Sharif

List of hired NPCs

Farmhand NPCs

Based on node type and progression, players will be able to hire NPCs to work as farmhands on their freehold farms.[36] Players will be able to command these farmhands in-game as well as potentially offline via an application (mobile app) or web interface.[36][46][45]

Mercenary NPCs

Mercenary NPCs can be hired to participate in objective-based situations.[39][40][41]

  • Varying tiers of mercenary NPCs may be unlocked based on the investment made in their progression. Highest tier NPC mercenaries are referred to as heros.[53][54][39][40]
  • Players can assign mercenary NPCs, but won't micromanage them, in a similar manner to pets.[41]
There are mercenary NPCs that can be assigned to players. We've discussed about that before and those will follow generically... a pet system even adopted majority of the pet system with the added bonus of objective based points of interest that you can assign them to. But we don't want to inundate the field with these mercenaries they'll be few and far between. They'll be assigned specifically like let's say for example as the mayor of a node during a siege you'll be able to assign these two specific players that are citizens within your node and then they'll have those they'll spawn during the during the node siege; or vice versa and the castle siege guild leaders can assign mercenaries that are available based on the progress of those subsidiary nodes around the castle siege whether or not you have those available to your defense or your attack.[41]Steven Sharif

Tavernen-NPCs

Tavernen von Spielern auf Grundbesitz können NPC-Barkeeper einsetzen, um Drinks zu verteilen, die für diese Taverne hergestellt wurden.[42]

Player stall NPCs

Attendant NPCs may assigned to occupy a player stall while that player is not online.[38][43][44]

  • Player stall NPCs may be an "image" of the player.[55]

Ruf

NPCs reagieren - je nach ihren Beiträgen zu der Node - unterschiedlich auf Spieler.[12]

Steht ein Spieler auf der Hassliste eines NPCs, wird jeder Spieler, der diesen Spieler heilt, bufft oder anderweitig unterstützt, ebenfalls der Hassliste des NPCs hinzugefügt.[56]

NPC perception

There are different perception modes for different NPCs.[57]

  • NPCs in certain encounters may be aware of their local environment and can seek cover behind obstacles, for example; but this will not be prevalent in general AI designs.[58]

The best was Final Fantasy 11 back in the day where you had scent, you had sight, you had magic. Like there's all sorts of different things that you had to like protect yourself against so that certain mobs couldn't see you; and you could maintain that ability to like sneak past easily... It made those monsters unique and gave them character outside of just how much damage they did to me.[57]Jeffrey Bard

Voice acting

Is it difficult to add voice acting later? No, it's definitely not... It's a fairly cosmetic change.[59]Steven Sharif
Voice acting is a fun luxury to have, but it is not only a costly one, but it is also one that takes a lot of logistics.[62]Steven Sharif

Künstliche Intelligenz

Jermaine Torment of Illwind boss mob.[63]

You can see how we utilize some of the different armor pieces- you've probably seen some of these pieces on different outfits like that toast Corvid Castigator cloak is on him.[63]Margaret Krohn

Ashes of Creation utilizes an adaptive artificial intelligence (AI), meaning different encounters with similar mobs and bosses will yield different player experiences.[64][65]

  • Some NPC AI behaviors may be randomly selected at the time of initial engagement causing them to make decisions dynamically during an encounter.[64][66][67][68]
    • Higher frequency of AoE attacks depending on how many players are participating.[66]
    • Unlock rage, recovery effects and buffs.[69][66]
    • Supporting other monster types or classes nearby.[69]
    • Additional adds and add classes.[66]
    • Some NPCs may attempt to seek cover behind obstacles during encounters.[58]
  • NPCs performing "idle actions" to make the world seem more alive has been discussed by the developers but is not confirmed.[70]
Part of the NPC encounter design is not always going to be the same behavior tree. There will be purposefully behaviors that exist for the boss that are rolled at the time of the initial engagement; and so that is in an effort to keep things emergent, to keep things different, to try to not keep a static monotonous engagement idea.[64]Steven Sharif

There are AI systems that don't relate to controlling NPCs.[71]

There are some additional AI parameters that are set that don't relate necessarily to controlling NPCs. There are AIs with regards to the development of the borders for nodes in the direction and also the decisions that are made of which lower nodes to enslave as vassal states. There's AI that relates to a little bit of the stock market that's going to be present in the economy. There's some AI systems that are going to be announced also that are pretty innovative I think with regards to the MMORPG genre and that's going to make the triggered event system very interesting I think; and that's with regards to how nodes develop and the environment reacts to that development by spawning these triggered events of a horde of zombies attacking a city or a legendary raid boss coming out of the mountain. I think there's a lot of opportunity for some of the innovations that's been in the AI sector of game development too to come out in Ashes.[71]Steven Sharif

Visuals

Siehe auch

Einzelnachweise

  1. Liveübertragung, 2020-02-28 (47:45).
  2. Liveübertragung, 2020-07-31 (1:54:45).
  3. Interview, 2021-02-07 (31:37).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Interview, 2023-07-09 (1:32:45).
  5. Liveübertragung, 2022-03-31 (1:13:00).
  6. Interview, 2020-07-08 (57:46).
  7. Liveübertragung, 2019-11-22 (17:59).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Podcast, 2021-04-11 (15:55).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Liveübertragung, 2023-07-28 (1:19:55).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Liveübertragung, 2023-02-24 (1:22:04).
  11. Liveübertragung, 2021-12-23 (1:26:36).
  12. 12.0 12.1 npc rep.jpg
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Liveübertragung, 2021-03-26 (54:26).
  14. Liveübertragung, 2020-07-31 (1:45:40).
  15. Liveübertragung, 2020-06-26 (1:14:42).
  16. 16.0 16.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-26 (24:33).
  17. Video, 2023-05-31 (4:17).
  18. Video, 2023-05-31 (5:01).
  19. 19.0 19.1 Liveübertragung, 2021-06-25 (1:28:02).
  20. Interview, 2023-09-10 (28:15).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Liveübertragung, 2022-05-27 (1:00:23).
  22. Liveübertragung, 2023-01-27 (1:10:12).
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Liveübertragung, 2023-05-31 (43:04).
  24. Liveübertragung, 2023-05-31 (40:52).
  25. Video, 2022-06-30 (24:18).
  26. jqWtRci.png
  27. 27.0 27.1 Liveübertragung, 2023-05-31 (45:26).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Liveübertragung, 2021-05-28 (1:49:24).
  29. steven-cosmetic-variants.png
  30. steven-cosmetics.png
  31. Liveübertragung, 2021-04-30 (6:46).
  32. Types of Events on Verra.
  33. Podcast, 2018-04-23 (29:56).
  34. Liveübertragung, 2022-03-31 (4:57).
  35. Liveübertragung, 2020-02-28 (47:45).
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 Interview, 2023-07-09 (1:37:34).
  37. Liveübertragung, 2021-01-29 (1:11:29).
  38. 38.0 38.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-10-30 (1:04:59).
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Liveübertragung, 2020-08-28 (1:41:24).
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Liveübertragung, 2020-06-26 (59:11).
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 Liveübertragung, 2019-11-22 (1:14:23).
  42. 42.0 42.1 Liveübertragung, 2018-06-04 (14:13).
  43. 43.0 43.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-10 (16:36).
  44. 44.0 44.1 steven-player-stalls-shops-online.png
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 Liveübertragung, 2017-11-17 (11:00).
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-09 (28:57).
  47. 47.0 47.1 Liveübertragung, 2023-08-31 (2:08:54).
  48. 48.0 48.1 Liveübertragung, 2023-08-31 (2:06:21).
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 Liveübertragung, 2023-04-07 (1:19:41).
  50. Liveübertragung, 2022-08-26 (1:17:04).
  51. Video, 2022-03-31 (18:47).
  52. Liveübertragung, 2023-05-31 (58:25).
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 Liveübertragung, 2022-05-27 (1:18:09).
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 Liveübertragung, 2021-04-30 (1:01:10).
  55. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-10 (35:16).
  56. Liveübertragung, 2017-11-17 (29:45).
  57. 57.0 57.1 Liveübertragung, 2018-06-04 (29:28).
  58. 58.0 58.1 Liveübertragung, 2022-02-25 (1:03:32).
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 Interview, 2018-10-20 (2:22:09).
  60. Liveübertragung, 2018-04-8 (AM) (25:12).
  61. Forums - Livestream Q&A - May 31, 2023.
  62. Liveübertragung, 2018-04-8 (AM) (24:14).
  63. 63.0 63.1 Liveübertragung, 2021-06-25 (21:24).
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 Interview, 2023-09-10 (34:51).
  65. About Ashes of Creation.
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.3 Interview, 2021-06-13 (22:20).
  67. Liveübertragung, 2017-07-28 (43:57).
  68. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-05 (11:55).
  69. 69.0 69.1 Liveübertragung, 2022-07-29 (1:23:56).
  70. Liveübertragung, 2018-04-8 (PM) (3:56).
  71. 71.0 71.1 71.2 71.3 71.4 Podcast, 2018-05-11 (24:23).