Flora And Fauna

  • Lots of good ideas here. Makes me really excited about ECO. I would like to expand on the traits/evolutionary aspects of animals. My thought is 5 < More 2 traits from the mother 2 traits from the father. If the two parents have the same traits those would be more likely to transfer. Furthermore a thought on some specific traits that would effect the players/environment and encourage player reaction.

    <u><b>Peaceful</b></u> (two ideas for the trait)
    Will only attack for food/only eat plants or the dead

    Is not afraid of humans or other animals and will not run due to close proximity

    Those two traits together could evolve to another trait If their food source is provided by humans

    <b><u>Man's Friend</u></b>
    Lives in harmony with humans

    This could happen with Raccoon getting food from the trash we leave behind and could become a bit of a plague with Raccoon rooming the streets and in every home and some may be (or become) rabid and attack. Causing humans to react. Same with things like flies/cats/dogs requiring either players to take care of the situation themselves or seek a community reaction. (like pesticides to rid us of flies)

  • If the behavior trees were granular enough, you could really have some interesting behaviors - say, that flight was patterned by a route and variants (like the old turtle game, with one or two patterns) with a few "turn turn turn" patterns, you get a rabbit's flight pattern, which can be a nearly circular one aiming to out-maneuver an enemy from a straight run to mitigate the straight ground speed of some predators and gain distance before sprinting off.

    New patterns could be introduced by variation and subsequently culled by what doesn't work against human predators, or animal predators. Maybe this is too in-depth, but if all the animal AI used this similar component, it would mean less custom code and more animal brains are wired to a similar pattern generation engine.

    There also are several different senses animals use; so if a human wore camouflage, it could reduce the distance of flight for sight-based prey, but wouldn't be the same as a hunter's bonus because it wouldn't work against sound-based prey. And we aren't discussing field of view or visual acuity...

  • Will bears be one of the animals in the game? I know someone who said they would back at the $250 tier if there were bears in the game :)

  • also Beavers, will there be beavers? :)

  • Personally, I think it would be especially interesting if all plants and animals were procedural animations. That way their size and configuration could adapt or change. The implication there is you can have radiation from your nuclear reactor impact and mutate the environment. It also means players could breed species. Would be cool to have a giant hare ranch (like in real life) or saber tooth wolves as mounts (extinct species).

  • And foxes? I'd like foxes. And given some instruction on how to, I'd like to contribute art for foxes. And other animals too. (Sorry for diverging to art.) I like a lot of the ideas so far for traits, evolution, and learning. I think the game developers should get the basics of these systems in place and allow the modding community to expand them while the game developers focus on other things and then add in what they/we like from these systems from the modding community.

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