I'd love to see characters visually change as they journey with you
I'd love to see companions change over time as you journey with them. I don't only mean grow as people and characters through the story, but also visually in some way. In PST the characters were pretty static, wouldn't it have been great that as you progress with Mordon he grew or evolved visually.
Another small example in Torment was Dak'kon's sword changing when he "knew" more.
I'd love to see more of this visual growth so that characters really change over time as they journey with you. The longer you have them as a companion and the more you learn about their story the more pronounced the visual change as well.
There are some plans for this, though we aren’t sure if we’ll be able to do it extensively yet.
Second, don't limit yourself to how a character look. How it sounds is as important as how it looks.
Third, doesn't need to be big everytime. Small things, subtle things could sometimes work better.
This has the same issues and problems of this:
Limiting it to one character (the main one) would make more sense.
However, I see nothing wrong with having dynamic companions that grow and change during the story, to have actual growth and change (visual and personality.)
Still a tall order. The simplest I can think of is in KotOR 2, as you can influence your companions as going light or dark side.
Now, if this can be tied into not only main plot points, but their personal subquests, that would allow for great replay value.
Portrait and dialog/personality changes
+a series of character specific subquests tied into the main plot, with item/herloom changes/personality changes and relationship changes.
+Completely different dialog lines, personality alteration (e.g. Jack becomes way more human), animation, portraits, fighting, class styles, random impromptu conversations, etc.
i think your comment is marvelous!
Imagine if you were in the habit of recklessly throwing your companions into combat and then just spamming healing potions later. What if your companions would start to get scars over time? Maybe it'd make you more concerned with their immediate well being. Pretty cool idea.
I'm giving this three votes because I think it can tie into the crafting system.
I suggest giving the characters all unique, custom appearances - even if they're human, do NOT have us dressing them in whatever clothes we pick up.
Instead, give each of them some options for upgraded outfits (or bodies) which we can craft for them at certain points in the storyline. Even if it just looks a different color or something.
It would be nice if each character had at least two upgraded appearances, each representing a different direction they could specialize in.
I really like this idea. It's a simple thing but i like it when characters aren't static in their appearance. Plus it gives the player a visual representation of how the character is developing throughout the story.
If this does become popular, I would like the changes to be events that happen in-game. Fable has a terrible system where you just suddenly sprout horns and nobody cares or notices.
Instead if say, the Cold Calculating Jack becomes less cold and calculating maybe it's as simple as her lowering her hood. While if she becomes more cold and calculating she buys a mask at the next town and bundles up even more.
Simple things like that, probably with a prompted dialogue sequence ala BG2 with your companion development storylines.
Especially true since we are going to get fewer combats and more focus on character and plot development. Sometimes, visual change convey more about a character's change.
I always enjoyed the appearance changes throughout FF Tactics or Ogre Battle 64. Perhaps link it to Tides & Legacies etc.
I like this idea as long as it's limited to companions and changes that makes sense.
Anon Of Holland commented
Sounds like a great idea and I'd love to see it implemented where it makes sense and doesn't cost too much time.