Sergeant Knight at Arms
Banners are coming finally!
Alongside Order of Battle, we are working on the Banner Bearer feature, which will allow heroes to bring their banners to battle and have them carried by soldiers within their formation. Not only will this make battles more colorful and visually diverse, but there will also be gameplay effects for the soldiers marching under each banner.”
Banners and standard bearers is one of the features I am most excited about and will greatly improve battlefield immersion with banners gloriously flying over formations and with effects on soldiers marching under them! The purpose of this thread is to dive deeper into the discussion of banner implementation as this is something that is going to happen based on the latest dev update. Let us break it down and look at the possibilities of what this means based on what we know.
“Making battles more colorful and visually diverse”
Does this mean different types/banner shapes for different cultures and will there be multiple colors? I would certainly like to see cultural styled banner types and to use the primary and secondary colors for the troop banners. Having Sturgia banners appear different to Vlandian banners would be very appealing and go one step further to setting cultures apart on the battlefield.
“There will also be gameplay effects for the soldiers marching under each banner.”
Now this is very interesting and could lead to some fun game mechanics where banners could have effects on troop stats that are in formations. Probably mostly morale, but I would not be opposed to other stats getting buffs as well. I would like to see standard banners that have effects and cosmetic banners that random troops carry.
Basically the image at the top of the thread has a large banner and multiple smaller pedants/banners, this is how I would really like to see banners portrayed on the battle field if possible.
Army standard bearer – These could be fancy banners like the Dragon Banner that has the stat boost and would only be one for each formation.
Cosmetic Banners – These would be like pedants, streamers, and basic banners that could be the primary or secondary faction color. They would randomly spawn in the ranks of the troops based on some basic setting options. For example 1 out of 10 would carry a cosmetic banner or whatever number the player picks in the option settings. In bear my banner I would use 1 out of 10 and that looked really nice in my opinion, but I can understand if some players would want less.
Cultural and color diverse banners and or units:
Here are some examples of culture and color diversity from a mod that I worked on for Thrones of Britannia a while back.
Art from the Game
What are you guys thoughts?