STO's Terrible Ship Models
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Join Date: Jun 2012
01-20-2013, 05:23 PM
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If the 3d modelling is such an issue, there are fan-made ship models out there that look ten times as good.
Different engine, different format. Additionally, fan-made add-ons can also be as detailed as the creator wants to make them, they don't have to cater to the low-end PC owner whose PC slows down because someone parks an incredibly highly detailed model next to their own ship.
Also, time constraints.
From the ship you linked: "After nearly two years in development, it's finally here."
I don't know how much time JamJamz gets to put into each specific ship before having to work on the next, but it's a hell of a lot more restricted than someone that can spend months/years perfecting their own personal models. Even if JJ did decide to fix these, there simply might not be enough space in the schedule with all the upcoming new vessels.
They also say "First off, this thing is meant to look pretty first, and be playable second." MMOs generally have to playable first, looks are... not so much secondary, but not a priority. That's why even the biggest online games sometimes look like cartoons compared to the major single player releases.