Remarkably expressive bandages
Project 1999 is still alive and kicking though, so there's some small market out there for that kind of gameplay. And while modern EQ with all the trimmings isn't much like the classic days of yore, they've rolled out a few classic gameplay servers which have been a big hit. Project 1999 showed 'em there was money to be made there.The problem with the forced-grouping paradigm is that it makes the game mostly unplayable more than 9 months after launch. Not enough population. After the failure of Wildstar I don't think we'll ever see another such game, and Wildstar only barely fit the critera. I don't think even Actual EQ 1 is still like that.
I know everybody hated the forced grouping, and that I am part of a tiny minority who actually liked it. But forced grouping leads to actual socializing in a way that the solo-everything model doesn't. I am still very close with my old EQ guild 20 years later. I've never built those kinds of social ties in any other game since then, because every other game since then has moved away from the forced grouping model and towards a "never have to socialize unless you really want to" model.
Well, to be fair, the image I posted was probably the best (worst?) of the bunch. The human and high elf females will often show skin, but not to the ludicrous degree of the Castanics. In the case of both genders, Castanic armor is much more revealing than equivalent armor for the other races. The dudes are fond of armor that shows off their abs and obliques and occasionally their backs.While I don't really have much interest in Tera, I do have to applaud them for at least getting the overly-sexualized men into the same general ballpark as the overly-sexualized women -- though the images provided suggest there's still some distance between them. At least they're trying, though.
But yes, they have clearly constructed the male models for the Castanic and high elf males to be eye candy.
By contrast, the human male is a pure "I wanna be this guy!" power fantasy. Big, burly, powerful. Mighty thews. Never shows any skin aside from the "unclothed" model you get in the character select screen.
All armor and all robes (that I've seen, anyways) cover them completely, head to toe.
Yeah, they're pretty loli-riffic. They are probably not as bad as you imagine, but they're firmly on the "not good" side of the "are we sexualizing pre-pubescent girls?" spectrum. Doesn't help that there are in-game costumes you can acquire that will turn them into anime schoolgirls.On the other hand, it did remind me of one of the few things I'd heard about Tera back in the day -- that their 'cute childlike' race are just as oversexualized as the races that actually look more than ten years old, and they'd even had to be covered up a bit to make the game more palatable for the US market. I kind of dread to look for images of that...
I am not a fan.