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Rideable Gorillas a distinct possibility?

Discussion in 'Ask The Devs' started by hen, Nov 23, 2009.

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  1. hen

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    Jul 2, 2008
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    Hail devs.

    Many creatures can be tamed and mounted in Sossaria, from the canine Cu-Sidhe to the great Polar Bears of the north.
    However there are at the time of writing, no ape or monkey mounts.
    Would it be feasible to introduce the gorilla, gentle goliath of the woods as a mount in the near future?
    Maybe with a craftable 'banana cannon' helmet that fires bananas at heinous adverseries of the gorilla and its owner?
  2. Mark_Mythic

    Mark_Mythic UO Legend
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    Sep 26, 2008
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    While in the magical world of computer gaming nothing is impossible, there are many things, like ridable gorillas, that are just down right unlikely.

    One of the main reasons we haven't done it is that gorillas chaff easily when being ridden by a player wearing armor. When that happens, you can believe the Britannian Brotherhood of Beastie Betterment will get cranky. I've seen the BBBB angry, you wouldn't like them when they're angry.

    On the technical side, the problem is the animations required. You will notice that all current mounts allow us to use the same animations for the player, we just need to adjust the character so their bottom is on the back of the creature... to ride on an ape would be a very different kind of animation. Furthermore, we would need to make animations for attacking/casting spells, etc while in this unique position. Finally, we would need to make special animations for all the clothes since they are actually animated separately. I think you can see why there will probably be no ridable gorillas for UO.

    That said, I hope you enjoy the number of ridables we already have, which is a lot. And I can assure you that we will keep making new ridables.
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