The greatest challenge with FreeFall Tournament, artistically speaking, has been supplying the armor and gear designs necessary to flesh out the inventory to an sufficient size. We took this opportunity as a low-profile developer to channel some of our favorite styles in science fiction, often with a tip of the hat to one beloved franchise or another.
One of the greatest influences on my imagination during my pre-teen years was Masamune Shirow, and his classic, Appleseed. In my mind, no one else has quite equaled that awesomeness of the world that he created. This armor design is a very conscious nod to Shirow.
The idea behind this suit is that humans have reverse-engineered some captured “Mant” tech, and used it to design a new heavy suit to fight against them. Various elements call out themes of the Mant armor designs.
The Scout class represents the most wild and adventurous pilots that humanity has to offer. The classic scout is a hot-dogging millionaire playboy, with the funds to back up his reckless lifestyle. This suit was designed to fuse themes from high-end sport bikes with advanced body armor.