Animated Combat Stances and Movement
When we first talked about how Project Phoenix’s squad-based combat system would work, we highlighted the idea that squads would be assigned specific stances, which define how the squads would then react to changes to their environment. The basic stances include an attack-oriented stance that emphasizes offensive power, a balanced stance that balances offense and defense, a defensive stance, and a stealth stance.
As you might expect, squad members will act and move in different ways when they’re in various stances. For example, a squad in attack stance will move along aggressively while those in a defensive stance will be much more cautious, raising their swords or shields to repel attacks. Those who are in a stealth stance will do their best to lay low when they’re idle or slink along to avoid detection. Sometimes, you might decide that they’ll need to move more quickly while in stealth mode, but the tradeoff is that your squad might be discovered more easily.
Either way, we've gone and animated some of these stances for in-game use. Let us know what you think about them!