Gamers throughout Chinese markets have grown up playing the Xuan Yuan Sword series. Since the first entry in the series was released in 1990, this Chinese role-playing game has evolved into dozens of computer games, mobile games, television shows, comics and more. SoftStar Entertainment is the innovative company behind Xuan Yuan Sword and other top Chinese-language entertainment properties, including the long-running Chinese Paladin and Richman series.
Xuan Yuan Sword VII, the newest game in the series, maintains many of the hallmarks that fans are looking for: exciting Wuxia action, references to Chinese mythology and history and engaging characters and story. But one of the biggest changes over the years is the visuals. Gone are static portraits and pixelated sprites of 30 years ago. Modern SoftStar games feature stunning 3D graphics with realistic textures.
Designers at SoftStar work with Adobe Photoshop, part of Adobe Creative Cloud for teams and Adobe Substance 3D Painter to create the high-fidelity visuals expected by today’s gamers. “As we move towards more realistic 3D designs, we need tools that will help us to find inspiration and create visuals more efficiently,” says Stye Zhang, Producer, R&D Department at SoftStar. “Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Substance 3D Painter have become mainstays for our creative processes.”