One thing that I really wish more MMOs would do is offer players who have pre-ordered the ability to play with a character creation tool prior to headstart. Aion offered players the ability to log into the game client and create and name two characters during a “pre-selection” period a couple of days prior to headstart, which was lovely. There was none of the pressure to hurriedly create your character and log in to grab the names you wanted, and instead you could create the perfect character at your leisure. It was wonderful.
I know that there are people who hit “random” a few times to get an acceptable look and maybe move the boob slider up, and then they’re good to go. I am not one of those players. I spend ages over character creation and am not satisfied until it clicks and a unique person is born. I would love a game that either had an online character creation tool on the site, or allowed you to access one via the game and save it. Once the game launches and you finally log in, then you would be given the option to load your saved character, tweak if if necessary, and accept it – or start all over again if you wished. It would give people something to do while waiting for headstart and it would also give the perfectionists the ability to get every cheekbone and eye rotated just so.
I think it’s a great idea.
If Guild Wars 2 had a working character creation tool on their site, I probably would have logged approximately fifteen hours on it by now. :)