ElecManEXE_555 wrote:However, I don't think it'd be much of an issue for them to simply ask the creator of the hero to sign over the idea to them. Have 'em sign a waiver giving exclusive rights to the character to Maxis / EA. If the individual won't do that or wants some kind of royalty for it, then Maxis can just refuse. If they sign it over, then problem solved.
There have been fan-created characters in games before. Off the top of my head I know Mega Man 6 had 2 fan-made robot masters that were submitted to Capcom via contests (Wind Man and Knight Man, IIRC). I think Mega Man 8 did as well, maybe even the whole robot master cast for that one. Mind you, those are older games (MM6 especially), but I don't see why it wouldn't be possible even today for a fan-made idea to get into a game. Heck, there are probably more recent games with fan contributions in them, but I don't keep up too much with that sort of thing for most games.
I remember that when Godzilla: Unleashed was being developed, a poll was held to decide which one of four original kaiju would be in the game. Not exactly the same, but still, I suppose the Devs could offer to put one of our guys/girls/hermaphroditic thingys in the game. (I'M not too sure on Strep's gender, and I made him...)
... Sigh... Off topic, but I wish Lightning Bug had won the poll... Serious lack of females in that game. But hey, Obsidious is cool...
Anyways, I've pretty much got most of my guys figured out, I just need to do a few more, and do artwork for most of them. I'm just going to run them by to see what you guys have to say.
(Please note that these are all WIP, and may change drastically.)
In no particular order...
-Revind, the Temporal Stalker (Quantum Sentinel, Deals energy damage and shuts down opponents.)
-Conquer, the Steel Behemoth (Cyber Sentinel, melees, yay.)
-Motion, the Kinetic Anomaly (Quantum Sentinel, female, different build from most sentinels, can deal increased damage by taking hits with one ability.)
-Roask, the Pyrokinetic Swordsman (Plasma Sentinel, fire based, looks like Godzilla with a FLAMING BROADSWORD)
-Diomedas, the Ravenous Nightmare (Necro Sentinel, creepy as #$%& female, drains health and consumes corpses for enrages, makes up for comparatively squishy defenses.)
-Krieg, the Thunder Wing (Plasma Ravager, ranged Lightning,temporary Atk spd buffs for killing enemies. DRAGON.)
-Thunder, the Charged Menace (Plasma Sentinel, lightning, slow, but with a long reach, also huge. I mean huge.)
-Gevauda, the Beast of Verdanth (Bio Sentinel, trying to make her usable, unlike Arborus and Savage. Xp)
-Saturn, the Halo Mage (Quantum Tempest, heals)
-Floresta, the Petal Blade (Bio Ravager, female, melee, charge/teleport Squad ability.)
-Cancer, the Decaying Beast (Necro Sentinel, slow, but with pets that suicide bomb to deal damaging curses.)
-Gilese, the Particle Marksman (Quantum Ravager, Sniper)
-Rouge, the Berserk Combot (Cyber Ravager, Melee,female, high damage, but recoils sometimes, EVANGELION UNIT-01)
-Nyralaziest, the Unspeakable Horror (Necro Tempest, fears, your basic Lovecraftian horror)
-Mark-7, the Laser Gunslinger (Cyber Ravager, Ranged, low damage auto, but really fast cooldown. Looks a bit like a cowboy Raytheoid)
-Locust, the Swarming Hunter (Necro Ravager, melee, can make a copy of himself)
-Talos, the Impenetrable Shield (Cyber Tempest, grants defensive buffs to allies.)
-Spike, the Thorn Launcher (Bio Ravager, ranged, projectile pierce)
-Fyre, the Enkindler (Plasma Tempest, Female, heals)
That should be everyone...