Mars: War Logs developer Spiders has published a detailed post over on the PlayStation.Blog all about the crafting system in their upcoming fantasy RPG Bound by Flame. Already they had teased the system.
Now the studio starts getting into the finer details of the system, which will offer a great deal of customisation, and offer "some of the best pieces" to equip yourself with.
Spiders call the crafting mechanic "instrumental" to the RPG, as without it advancing through the game world will prove next to impossible. It offers useful upgrades and great looks.
"Throughout your quest, you will loot various materials and components hidden in chests or from the corpses of your dead enemies. These are the basic components to craft weapons, armors, traps, ammunition or potions that you will need to progress in the game," says the studio - the hallmark of any good RPG.
"The character visual customisation is very deep: some pieces of armor have up to three slots that can be upgraded, with a direct impact on your character’s appearance." Raw components are essentially everywhere in the world and all should be harvested for use later. Metal, gemstones, bones, leather, blood etc.
"Most of these materials can have a tainted variant, implying various new crafting attributes. While low quality components are very common, you will need to gather a large amount of high quality materials to craft the best weapons and armors. Fortunately, low quality components may be used also to create higher quality materials, at the cost of quantity."
It's also advised to recycle what you don't use. Spiders used a similar recycling system in Mars: War Logs so that items no longer that useful could at least get back some of those materials for later.
"As crafting is a key element in Bound by Flame, you will have the opportunity to specialise your character for it. An entire list of talents are dedicated to enhance your efficiency in crafting. As a master in craftmanship, you consume less materials and create more products. You can even boost the amount of loot you find in chests and on corpses!"
"You cannot carry an unlimited number of equipment. If you reach the weight limit, it affects your movements. But several skills allow the hero to push the limits of their bag capacity, letting you carry more weapons, armor, and priced materials! You can also enhance your recycling skills to optimise this process."
Crafting can be done for armour, weapons and for utility such as traps, ammunition and potions.
Customisation lets you alter the physical appearance of various sections of armour and weaponry, like the pommels of blades and war hammers. "Everything is at your disposal to customise your character in every detail, while giving you the edge you need to overcome the dangerous creatures roaming Vertiel!"
Check thefor more on crafting in Bound by Flame. It's out on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 in 2014.