These are the new reworked character designs for the male and female character. Through helpful audience feedback we discovered that our original characters idle expression looked as if they were in a constant state of surprise. This was not our intention, so we agreed that a redesign was required.
We loved the facial features of the adult female and male characters depicted in Makoto Shinkai’s anime “Your Name”, as they are simplistic yet very expressive, so this was a key reference. Something we kept in mind during this rework was a need to enlarge the eyes to make the characters expression and state clearer to the player when zoomed out during the planet exploration segments. We are a lot happier with how these new character models turned out, and how consistent in style the male and female characters are.