The Chronicles of Spellborn: Art Dev Journal #1
An Artist's Perspective
When it comes to MMORPGs, the art direction in the game often plays a
pivotal role in a player's decision to jump into the world. While
Blizzard's World of Warcraft was often described as light and cartoony,
no one would make that description of The Chronicles of Spellborn. This
dark fantasy MMOG has some exceptional visuals, but almost everything
in the world has a dark twist to it. Developer Frank Bakker took a few
minutes of his time to pen an art dev journal to talk about Shorath
Mesa, a zone in the game. Check it out!
If you look closely at the screenshot you can see
some huge waterfalls
cascading from Shorath Mesa. This is the next thing we changed from the
original design document. The reason for this change is that a huge
cliff with nothing happening to it except it towering above you is
pretty impressive but if you add waterfalls to it, it becomes even more
Since Shorath Mesa is located quite a bit higher than the slope leading
up to the entrance we had to create a way to get even higher up all the
way to Shorath Mesa itself. This was done using a canyon through which
originally a river would flow.
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