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Thursday,February 2, 2017 •

Mirage: Arcane Warfare – Vigilist – Character Development Profile

Foreword

Welcome to the next character in our Development Profile series.

For our third profile, we’ll look at the character art development of the Vigilist!


Early Design Goals

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The Vigilist class started out as a Defender or Guardian archetype, able to hold her ground and protect her teammates. With her role defined in lore as a defender of the city of Bashrahn, giving her a shield matched her overall theme, while a spear or polearm was historically used by guards and soldiers from across Europe and Asia.

To help identify her as the guardian class from a distance, the Vigilist’s core silhouette was made into a square.

Vigilist Shape

Early on, we knew her role was as a tank and support character, so we chose a square as her core silhouette to indicate strength and balance. This lead to further decisions about her design influence: heavy use of right angles, echoing the core shape of squares. This also lead us to choose a spear and shield for her weapons, which would help to communicate her tank-like role.

Dylan Brady, Torn Banner Studios Character Artist

 

Her armor is inspired by Indian plate armor, making use of heavy cloth and metal damascening.

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Her play style is very defensive, drawing attackers in for a prolonged fight. Her weapon and shield reflect her fighting style, her long reach with her stab attack giving her precision and control,  making her ideal in a team fight avoiding team damage. She is also great at keeping a group of enemies at bay with her powerful AOE abilities. She is an unbreakable veteran soldier.

Richard Yang, Torn Banner Studios Concept artist/Animator

While the concept artwork was finalized, the personalities of the Bashrahni and Azar guardian were solidified.

The Bashrahni Vigilist would be a righteous-but-naive rookie, while her Azar counterpartwould be an exasperated veteran who has seen it all.

Once a silhouette was chosen, concept art began to be generated. We started through lots of thumbnails and sketches.

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Her design progressed from simple sketches to more detailed concepts, adding armoured plating and skirts to define to her unique, square shape.

Some character inspirations for this class:

Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, Scythian women warriors (Amazons) and Female MMA fighters.

Dylan Brady

Shield

We tried a few designs with the shields; at first we wanted to let her have a very small magical shield that could expand when blocking, but decided that a simple big solid shield would best reflect her personality and design goals.  

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And finalized. The textures for her armour and cloth were chosen to give her a more functional and intimidating look.

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Final concept

Once a concept was finalized, colour schemes and customization options were drawn up.

Colour Schemes

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Customization concept options

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Polish

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Once the concept art was finalized, the character was modeled. The model and animation stances were tweaked to improve and display her silhouette more clearly, both for artistic purposes and to help identify class type in-game; the armoured Vigilist and her shield are very easy to identify on the battlefield!


In-Game

In gameplay, the Vigilist holds battlelines and defends her teammates. Her abilities focus on interrupt or knockback effects, and includes the powerful Iron Dome to ward off enemy projectiles. If you enjoy holding your ground or pressing the attack to capture objectives alongside allies, you’ll probably enjoy playing the Vigilist!

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Outro

Sign up at MirageArcaneWarfare.com for a chance to try out the Vigilist in our one of our final Alpha Tests!

Stay tuned for future Development Profiles, where we’ll showcase our environments and other characters.


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Wednesday,February 1, 2017 •

ROUND FIVE of Mirage Closed Alpha Test Begins Feb 2

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Round Five of the Mirage: Arcane Warfare Public Closed Alpha begins tomorrow, running Feb 2-5! We plan to have servers live by approximately 3pm ET or before.

The Alpha, which started September 2016, will provide select participants with the opportunity to playtest Mirage and provide feedback to help shape the direction of the game as we move towards its release in 2017.

We are gradually adding new participants into the Alpha, based on our ongoing list of registered members from our sign-up on MirageArcaneWarfare.com. While we can’t offer garuntees, we are trying our best to get every person who has signed up into the Alpha – if you registered and think you’ve been missed, please send an email to contact[at]tornbanner[dot]com.

Our usual FAQ:

I was in a previous round. Am I in this round now?

Yes, you’re automatically in and we want you to play again! You can launch the Alpha through the Mirage: Arcane Warfare Public Test app on Steam as before. Anyone invited will have Alpha access for all future rounds, just launch it again.

I didn’t get a key! How do I get in?

If you have not been invited to the Alpha yet, please be patient and we will hope to get you a key in the near future. We cannot guarantee that all registrants will get a key, but we are working to include as many dedicated testers as possible. If you registered and think you’ve been missed, please send an email to contact[at]tornbanner[dot]com. And always be sure to check your junk mail before asking!

Can I pay to get in?

No, the Alpha is free. Access is limited to registrants on MirageArcaneWarfare.com. This is our opportunity to get people volunteering their time to playtest Mirage, providing us with feedback so we can iterate on our development of Mirage as we move towards launch.

How long will the Alpha last?

The first round of the Alpha ran from 9/29/2016 to 10/3/2016. The second round will run from 10/20/2016 to 10/24/2016. The third round ran from 11/17/2016 to 11/21/2016. The fourth round ran from 12/15/2016 to 12/18/2016. The fifth round will run from 2/2/2017 to 2/5/2017 . Additional testing will follow. The Alpha does not yet have a determined end date.

The Closed Alpha is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). What does the NDA mean?

Our NDA rules have recently been updated. Please read this post for full details. Text-only conversation is allowed on the Mirage subreddit, Steam Community, Torn Banner Forums and the Mirage Discord. Image and video content of the Alpha is not allowed to be shared anywhere.

Anyone with access to the Closed Alpha is encouraged to play Mirage and provide feedback directly to developers in our Closed Alpha Testing forum.

When will the Beta begin?

The Beta will begin in 2017. We will provide more details in the near future about how players can gain access to the Beta. It will not be under NDA.

I registered for the “Beta” on your website a while ago. Am I in the Alpha?

If you previously registered with your email address on MirageArcaneWarfare.com for what we were calling the “Beta” (prior to August 2016), then yes, you are in our Alpha registration list.

I am in the Alpha but do not have access to the Closed Alpha forum

The Closed Alpha forum is now open for access to anyone.

What do I need to run the Mirage Alpha?

You need a Windows PC and a Steam account. We do not yet have information on recommended computer hardware specifications.

I have questions that aren’t answered here!

Please leave a post in our forums and we’ll get back to you.

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Wednesday,February 1, 2017 •

Mirage – Vigilist class trailer

“A girl must grab life by the collar… and make it submit”

Introducing the Vigilist class – here to lay down the law and lead the team into battle!

The stalwart Vigilist is a key element of any well balanced team in Mirage: Arcane Warfare. Designed to protect vulnerable allies and aid in the destruction of others, she is the first line of defense against the fury of the enemy team’s attacks with her shield, spear and complement of defense-minded magic abilities.

Read about this character’s development in our new development profile.

Mirage Alpha Round 5 starts this Thursday!
Sign up for the ongoing Closed Alpha today.

Mirage will release in 2017.

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Tuesday,January 17, 2017 •

Mirage – Taurant class trailer

Watch the new video series, Instruments of Death, detailing Mirage’s six character classes! In today’s video, meet the Taurant.

The Taurant is a hulking brute that excels at melee and uses his size and physical strength to dominate enemies up close. Bringing chaos wherever he goes, the Taurant delivers massive damage with his grand mace and through his lineup of brutal magic abilities.

Read about this character’s development in our two previous development profile.

Sign up for the ongoing Closed Alpha today. Mirage will release in 2017.

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Thursday,December 15, 2016 •

ROUND FOUR of Mirage Closed Alpha Test Begins Dec 15

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Round Four of the Mirage: Arcane Warfare Public Closed Alpha begins today, Dec 15! We plan to have servers live by approximately 1pm ET.

The Alpha, which started September 2016, will provide select participants with the opportunity to playtest Mirage and provide feedback to help shape the direction of the game as we move towards its release in 2017.

We are gradually adding new participants into the Alpha, based on our ongoing list of registered members from our sign-up on MirageArcaneWarfare.com.

This round will last for 3 days and with a limited pool of participants.

Our usual FAQ:

FAQ

I was in a previous round. Am I in this round now?

Yes, you’re automatically in and we want you to play again! You can launch the Alpha on Steam as before. Anyone invited will have Alpha access for all future rounds.

I didn’t get a key! How do I get in?

If you have not been invited to the Alpha yet, please be patient and we will hope to get you a key in the near future. We cannot guarantee that all registrants will get a key, but we are working to include as many dedicated testers as possible.

Can I pay to get in?

No, the Alpha is free and limited to registrants. Access is limited to registrants on MirageArcaneWarfare.com. This is our opportunity to get people volunteering their time to playtest Mirage, providing us with feedback so we can iterate on our development of Mirage as we move towards launch.

How long will the Alpha last?

The first round of the Alpha ran from 9/29 to 10/3. The second round will run from 10/20 to 10/24. The third round ran from 11/17 to 11/21. The fourth round will run from 12/15 to 12/18. Additional testing will follow in early 2017. The Alpha does not yet have a determined end date.

The Closed Alpha is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). What does the NDA mean?

Anyone with access to the Closed Alpha is encouraged to play Mirage and provide feedback directly to developers in our member-only forum. For those who are now participating in the Closed Alpha, visit forums.tornbanner.com to provide us with your essential feedback in the private Closed Alpha subcategory. As per the terms of the NDA, Closed Alpha participants are not allowed to share any information about Mirage outside of that member-only forum.

When will the Beta begin?

The Beta will begin in 2017. We will provide more details in the near future about how players can gain access to the Beta. It will not be under NDA.

I registered for the “Beta” on your website a while ago. Am I in the Alpha?

If you previously registered with your email address on MirageArcaneWarfare.com for what we were calling the “Beta” (prior to August 2016), then yes, you are in our Alpha registration list.

I am in the Alpha but do not have access to the Closed Alpha forum

This applies to Alpha round invitation holders only. If you have not yet been given access to the Closed Alpha section of the forums. If you were not invited to an Alpha round yet, you will not be given a key or access to the Closed Alpha Forum (we will double check any requests to ensure they are legitimate).

What do I need to run the Mirage Alpha?

You need a Windows PC and a Steam account. We do not yet have information on recommended computer hardware specifications.

I have questions that aren’t answered here!

Please leave a post in our forums and we’ll get back to you.

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