March 18, 2012
Here is the latest blog post from BioWare Austine, explaining the new Guild Heraldry system coming with todays game update. Check it out:
With Game Update 5.10.2 “Heralds of Victory” we are introducing a tool for Guilds to rally behind, Guild Heraldry, and a major re-work of the Preview Window. If you missed it, be sure to check out our detailed look into the Preview Window we posted in March. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Guild Heraldry system.
Guild Heraldry helps Guilds by adding a route of customization to further form their own identity. Guilds can choose from a selection of Symbols and Backgrounds, along with the full hex code color spectrum, to create a personalized banner to rally behind. These Heraldries are then available to be seen both within a Guild and outside of it. Now let’s break down the individual pieces, so you know exactly what makes up a Guild’s Heraldry and where you can see them displayed throughout Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.
Symbols serve as the focal point for each Guild’s banner and they’re comprised of two different parts. Both parts can be adjusted independently of each either via a color wheel or by inputting a hex color code, allowing over 50,000 color combinations for each symbol. What type of Symbol will your Guild choose? A blaster pistol to represent your roaming Guild of Gunslingers, a ship to show off your passion for Galactic Starfighter, or maybe a mug to speak for your love of the Cantina life-style? With over 100 different Symbols to choose from, the Galaxy is the limit!
Sampling of the different Symbols available
Symbols are just the beginning; the Backgrounds are what make Heraldries shine! As the name suggests, this part makes up the background of the Heraldry, and like Symbols, are each divided into two parts. Each Background can be colored independently, utilizing the color wheel or inputting a hex color code directly. The Backgrounds vary from simple canvases to detailed and even regal designs. Some even have gradients, which would be perfect to simulate a starship going through hyperspace! Now, by taking the Symbols that were in the example above and pairing them with suitable Backgrounds, you can really see the depth that the Guild Heraldry system allows.
Sampling of the different Backgrounds available
Putting It All Together
The Guild Heraldry system allows for a lot of customization, while still being easy to use. Guild Leaders (or those ranks they grant Guild Heraldry editing powers to) will be able to create and edit their Heraldry with a few simple clicks. All aspects – Symbols, Background, and colors, can be changed simply by clicking on the current selection and a menu showing all the options will open up.
While working on your Guild Heraldry, you’ll see the preview of it adjusted in real time in the upper left of the menu just under the Guild Name. Both Symbols and Backgrounds have their own section in the Heraldry interface where you can adjust their two-piece color scheme. As noted above, each of these color schemes can be changed and altered independently of each other. The combination of Symbols, Backgrounds, and the color wheel leads to millions of possible combinations!
A Guild’s Heraldry will be proudly displayed within the Guild Window, on any invites to new members, and on Guild Invasions of planets. While exploring the galaxy, players will be able to see the Heraldry of other Guilds on character nameplates or via inspecting someone’s Guild.
Game Update 5.10.2 ‘Heralds of Victory’ will be going live April 11th. Gather your Guild and build your own Heraldry to rally behind. All Symbols and Backgrounds that come with the launch of Guild Heraldry are immediately available to Guilds of any size or level. Join your most trusted allies and make your mark on the galaxy!
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