I'm very excited by what I'm seeing with the char gen creator! I was a tiny tot when I started playing City of Heroes. I believe I was only ten when I logged in for the first time, lured by the promise of City of Villains around the corner. I remember the awe, the excitement, the joy of discovery. And I remember when I first found out that the reason my body was slowly falling apart was because I had been diagnosed with ALS. I was 14 then, and Issue 14, Architect, had just come out. To escape my problems, I escaped into Paragon City and the Rogue Isles, making my own missions, trying to work out the issues I was dealing with in the world of heroes and villains, or at least to avoid thinking about them.
For awhile after I found myself confined to a wheelchair, I desperately wished that I could fly, and run, and jump, and not feel so trapped. And CoX was my outlet. But looking back on it now, I think what I really would have liked instead of the promise of something I couldn't have, was to see that people just like me could still be heroes (or supervillains!) without having the use of our legs.
And I'm sure there's other people out there, with other disabilities, loss of limbs, of sight, of hearing, who would like to be able to play a super hero/villain MMO and go, "That's me. That person is like me, and they can still do all these amazing things!"
I know it may be a bit late in the creative process to be proposing this (I wish I'd gotten involved sooner!), but would the possibility of models and character design that allows people who aren't necessarily going to have the same type of mobility and such as others be at all something to consider? I know some of it can just be handled by story, such as robotic limbs and what not. But perhaps wheelchair options, crutches, or the option to be missing limbs or body parts without replacement, might be something to consider?
I know that if this wasn't already planned, it's highly unlikely to come about due to the needed effort involved to program and design all this, to see how to fit it into an existing system that wasn't meant for it, and so on.
But I at least wanted to share my story and make the suggestion, just in case.
The chargen pre-alpha video said we can "make anybody". I hope that can be as close to truth as possible, within reason, and not just a marketing slogan.
Heroes like Daredevil (Marvel), Oracle/Barbara Gordon (DC), and Silhouette (Marvel) are just a few examples of how this could be made to work, and has been, and I'm sure there's many others.
I don't know if City of Titans will be allowing villains too or not (I'm very new here), but I certainly would hope they would have these options too, if so.
Thank you for taking the time to read this!