For one of the project modules in DigiPen, we were tasked to come out with a line of characters and villains for an animation production. The professors had come up with a wacky stories involving Japanese mythological beings and American folklore characters. We were then given the optional to select one character out of the massive cast to design.
Last year, I was put in charge of a 2D module. For the final assignment, I wanted to stretch the students and challenge them to do something for a made-believe game. I recalled the fun (this is subjective and probably a retrospective emotion attached to that experience) I had designing those characters for my DigiPen project. I decided to incorporate elements of that into this assignment for my students. Due to the short time span to plan for it, I decided to "borrow" from existing mythology from various culture. What resulted was Mythosphere, a MOBA game which pits the likes of Zeus against Amaterasu.
Here's a repost of some of the students' artworks:
Having already decided on the cast of characters and created a simple Game Design Document for the student, I decided to attempt to design these characters as well. One requirement I gave to them was that they have to follow the Overwatch concept art art style. Similarly, I will follow that style as well. In the following days to come, I will be posting all the characters I have designed for this "game". Enjoy!
Zeus was the first character I designed for this "game". I decided to go with a less armored design as he is the god of gods and he doesn't need any additional clothing to protect him. He is in his old-man form (as with most classic depictions of this god) but spots a muscular form. His role is that of the initiator and I wanted to emulate a Reinhart-esque silhouette to the design. Here's more information about him in the game:
Role – Initiator
Skill 1 – Gust of Wind
Zeus exhales a massive gust of wind, damaging and knocking back enemies standing within a radius in front of him.
Skill 2 – Lightning Charge
Zeus strikes himself with lightning, increasing his health and attack speed. However, it attracts all enemies around him to attack him.
Skill 3 – Frost Protection
With his control over the elements, Zeus passively gains more armour. Enemies that attack Zeus will get a reduction in attack speed.
Ultimate Skill – Wrath of Olympus
Zeus summons forth a succession of lightning from the heavens that affects a large AoE anywhere on the map. Enemies hit by the lightning take damage and is stunned.