Concept by Arnie Jorgensen.
One of the “Big Tasks” I had in Star Wars: The Old Republic, was to establish the polyflow of all body types.
In a project this big, it’s truly important to find ways to save time anywhere possible. So, in the case of the different body types, I wanted to find a polygon layout that would work well on the big dudes or on the skinny girls, and anything in between. This saves time in many different ways.
Having a unique mesh allowed us to have the exact same UV layout for all bodies, saving texturing work. Saved time on skinning for animation. Saved time creating the different attachments, consistent with each and all body type.
Besides the base bodies, I was also responsible for creating all the main archetypes of our garment system.
All these parts are interchangeable, and made for all body types, at the end, there are hundreds of possible combinations.
Max viewport screenshots.
Over the past four and a half years I’ve been working on the same project, StarWars: The Old Republic.
Last December we have launched the game, and now I can start to show some of the stuff I made.
There’s still a lot more to come but, for now, I’ll post some of the ZBrush work.
Starting with this one, the Tauntaun.
I remember the first time I saw it on the movies, I was around 8 years old and that scene at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke rides the tauntaun over the frozen surface of Hoth, impressed me as no other movie scene had impressed me before. I remember thinking how awesome that creature looked, and I said to myself: “When I grow up, I want to do this!”.
When, more than two decades after that, I was told that I would be modelling the tauntaun for SWTOR, it was a lifetime accomplishment.