First off, sorry if I'm in the wrong place for a suggestion.
Second, for those who don't know the term, it refers to the design of most animal's legs such as dogs and cats. The leg looks as if it has a backward-bent knee. In truth their "knee" is higher, and that backward bend is more akin to their ankle joint, and the paw their toes.
Super basic anatomy lesson over, I'm wondering if we could get that design for our animal-type characters.
I know it's been mentioned before, but I'm posting a new topic because I feel something passable has been given to the Elchanti characters the Romulan characters fight (that and I don't want to be guilty of necro). Far from perfect, granted, but better than the standard plantagrade (Humanoid) design. Now I know it's not as easy as just moving code, and I understand costumes would be a problem. Even so, it would be really cool if we could get it since the Catians in the show had digitgrade legs. Make it a costume itself packaged with Catian/Ferrasian themed cloths (that other toons could wear too) if you wanted. It's a little detail, but so many of us would flip out if we got it.
*sits back and awaits the coming fire-storm of comments*
I think this kitten has been beaten severely enough over the years.
Back when the Caitians were introduced into the game the same discussion was already going on in the forums and one of folks in charge clearly told us the did it to allow the greatest amount of customizeability.
In case of the Elachi there are two points to consider: while they walk differently, they actually have flat feet.
Apparently it was considered but dropped for technical reasons. A shame as Caitians are supposed to have these legs and aren't even issued footwear (they use some polymer spray or something).
In order to apply this change they would have to force it on all Caitians causing players to get angry, create separate models for player footwear (like with Worgen/Draeni in WoW) since some may have bought a pack for a particular style of boot. Then they have to alter the animations to suit the new stances. For example, COH introduced them and they looked quite bad in the default standing stance, the feet need to be pointing at different angles to look right and balanced.
All this would take time to create and cost Cryptic money which existing Caitian players wouldn't pay for. I guess a compromise could be using the feet from Beachcomber in other slots as player choice since those assets exist already, but even that is bugged for Gorn as Risian Gorn feet are higher quality then the default ones.
So sadly, whilst it's something I'd love to see added to make Caitians match their limited canon better, it isn't going to happen.
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