My goodness, I need to post more! (Need to play more too!)
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The art team has been working on many art assets recently and there has been talk of the “Caldarification” of Eve related art. Recently examples have been the WIP images of the Thrasher class destroyer redesign and the citadel. Do we need to keep the lines between the races designs clear cut or is some blending of more generic sci-fi styling a good thing? Should Matari be flying/floating scrap heaps? Should Gallente be ‘all about the bass’? Or is a bit of generic sci-fi styling needed to bring new life to our important internet spaceships even if it leans a bit to Caldari?
Let’s start this off with the only relevant song that could be used.
Caldari look the closest to what most other Sci-Fi spaceships look like. While each race should have their own variations, as personally, I feel that it makes sense for the different races to look slightly similar.
Let’s look at some real world comparisons, starting with two real word fighters. Both are iconic for the country that made them, and were both made at around the same time, the MIG-29 and the F-15.
While they’re not exactly the same, they have a very similar shape and design. (Keen eyes will know which is which though)
Why would someone go out of their way to create something entirely new, just for the sake of it being different to someone else, when they know this other design works well?
It makes sense that people would be sharing ideas, and engineers/workers, crossing borders means that ideas get exchanged more across the different nations. When you combine this with spies etc, you’re going to have plans and data spreading among the 4 nations with incredible ease. Combine that with Pirates stealing plans, and using them their own, and then the nations spying on the pirates… lots of cross breeding of ships!
With that in mind though, the powers that will be saying to their designers “This ship must look like this” which leads to Amarr ships being Gold. You then have material restrictions, which would lead to Minmatar ships looking more worn than other races etc.
TL;DR – Caldarification is fine, as long as they retain a unique feel.