With all of that as inspiration, I have to admit that I was equal parts perplexed, intimidated and excited for the Star Trek Online Art Team to get started on the design of the new Romulan Republic uniforms. But we did what we always do – we started watching episodes (I know it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!). We were taking notes, looking at source material and gathering reference. We were looking for things that would help make these new and different uniforms look Romulan, without resorting to bigger shoulders, shorter dresses, or taller boots. (Although, now that I think about it, that’s probably not a bad idea… expect to see that one in the C-Store soon! :P)
We felt their uniforms needed to be more like what you’d see in a militia than something you’d expect from the vast and powerful empire they once were. The Wild West kept coming to mind, and inspiration came from several different places: current fashion trends, TV shows like Firefly and Revolution, the U.S. Civil War era, just about anything a younger Harrison Ford would have worn in a movie, and, of course, Star Trek. The challenge was finding the balance between the hardscrabble feeling we wanted to evoke and the preexisting styles Trekkies and Trekkers have come to know.
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I have to say that this is definitely some of the best work our team has ever done, and that really goes for all of Legacy of Romulus. As someone who’s been involved with the project from very early on, it’s been a great experience to design what in many ways feels like a whole new game. There’s a new storyline, new characters, new environments, new powers and new ships. The list goes on and on and these uniforms are just a small part of it. Oh, and if you prefer your Romulans in metallic go-go getups and helmets, we’ve got you covered there too. Hope you like ‘em. (Also get down to the Engineering deck and check out that singularity drive… doooood it’s awesome!)
I look forward to seeing you all in your Romulan Republic uniforms next month when Legacy of Romulus launches. See you in-game!
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