I looked on here at other First Person Camera threads to kind of gather my wits but instead of posting again on one of those, I’ll create my own post.
I don’t use the First Person Camera mode, but I would very much like to, if only it were better.
I find the First Person Camera mode to be incredibly janky and near imposable to use to navigate. I like the idea of there being a First Person Camera mode in EVE, but the fact that it is an active feature and is in its current state boggles my mind.
The other forums about the First Person Camera mode all had at least two things in common. One, being that it needs some work to done on how the camera works when attempting to look at other things in space, and the second is that not a soul would dare to use it in a PvP scenario. When attempting to move the camera to look anywhere other than directly in front of you the directional range of the camera is very limited, and the camera doesn’t stay where you left it, but jolts back to center. This results in a lack of awareness. This combined with what I can only describe as visual glitches when turning or pitching renders this feature without any practical use and would put anyone at a severe disadvantage in a PvP scenario.
I’d like to see further development to the First Person Camera mode, it is and active feature that desperately needs some work. Though, I’d also hope that development on this feature would exceed expectations, making it an equally viable counterpart to the Orbit Camera mode and the Tactical Camera mode.
An example of my highest hopes for the development of this feature would be akin to the dramatic changes to Upwell Hangars. First Person Camera mode has the potential to be a beautiful masterpiece. Though, unlike Upwell Hangars, prior to their beautiful changes, they were perfectly and acceptably functional. The First Person Camera mode as it is currently, is not.
Another example, and perhaps I’m wrong to draw this comparison but, both Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous have gorgeous First Person Camera mode’s. Now, I don’t want EVE Online to imitate or try to be either of these games. But to ignore or deny that there is competition would be ignorant (there was a Lego challenge between the EVE community and the SC community). And to ignore or deny that the First Person Camera mode in EVE has significant flaws is wilful blindness. After all, it is one of seven equally sized buttons on the H.U.D. I can imagine how making the First Person Camera mode more visually desirable could be done in a uniquely EVE way. However, visual appearance is secondary to function, and it is really the lack of functionality that is the issue here. I merely want to see CCP develop EVE Online’s First Person Camera mode, and I would hope the changes would include some visual updates.
I anticipate that a counter argument to what I’ve said is that EVE Online isn’t meant to be played in First Person Camera mode. There may be some merit to this… but, I would ask, why then is it even a feature?
If you use the First Person Camera mode, or even if you’ve only looked at it once or twice, please share your experience of it with me. Do you find it to function without flaw? What changes would you hope to see? Would you like to see it removed all together? What are your thoughts?
- Just another capsuleer. o7