If they do a season 4, I’d love it if they were able to take the time and change the menus once more.
I LOVE the KI logo screen at the beginning, so it’d be great if they kept that and maybe changed the color scheme to match whatever they do with the rest of the game.
For the checking content screen, I still think it’d be really nice if they could put something on that screen like hero art or something so I’m not just looking at the words “Syncing to Ultratech Servers” or whatever. I think it’s cute that they did the “Ultratech” thing there, but maybe they put that in the bottom corner of the screen?
As for the main menu, I think the structure of it is great in terms of one menu flowing in to another, and I also love the top area being reserved for intros and video segments. It provides a really cool tease for the game.
What I’d like to see them do however is maybe change the art style (fonts, selection icons, etc) of the menus so that they’re a little more in line with the darker aspects of this series and not so much in the vein of the Ultratech “computer-ish” look and feel, if that makes any sense.
It’d be nice if, for the larger letters, they could use the awesome / supreme victory font, maybe put a random, intermittent, sheen animation on it. Maybe have it glow brightly when highlighted and disintegrate with a thunder crack noise effect when it’s selected.
For the smaller fonts, maybe just take that same font and pare it down to make it as slender as possible, yet still have a small amount of texture to it, with the same sheen effect.
Honestly, I’d love it if the fonts in this game could be consistent throughout, even if they have to be paper thin in some areas, like the character move lists. The shape of the letters, the look, the texture… There should be an artistic consistency that combines to give the whole game an aesthetic that I feel is somewhat lacking in certain areas of the game, such as the character names on the select screen versus the title screen versus the victory screen etc.
As for the colors, I’d say keep the silver look for the KI logo, though perhaps adding a rust to it might look cool. It’d also be nice if they could find ways to work in some combination of blood red, gold, lightning, rust, blue neon, sunset, dark, rolling clouds… Obviously not ALL of this stuff, by any means. But some magic combination that could create a cool vision that could be used throughout to really communicate that sort of Blade Runner-esque, dystopian futuristic look that I think they were trying to go for in the first game.
I’m not saying “make it like the old game.” To be clear. I know that’s what it sounds like, but I’m saying use modern graphics, visual effects, etc along with parts of the palette I suggested above to create something in the vein of the original, dark inspiration. I think that’d be pretty awesome!
For the select screen, I’d like it if they went to more vertical rectangles instead of the hexagons. In fact, do away with the hexagons / triangle motif entirely as that feels like it’s tied to the Ultratech theme. I’d say use the color palette, some sort of element like rolling clouds with lightning etc, behind silver frames of the characters that step up in to the frame with their walk up animation. Maybe lightning strikes the frames or the character thumbnails and sparks fall off of them?
Either way, I’d like to see them go with something, again, darker. Not just color-wise, as the current screen already has a lot of black. But darker in the sense of the style. Cloudy, rainy, neon soaked night, etc. That Blade Runner aesthetic is a known, dark motif that I’d like to see them sort of re-implement on the select screen as much as possible.
Lastly, and I’ve said this before, but for the pre-match “fight on” screen… I’d like to see them redo this entirely. Once the stage is selected, it’d be nice if they could create two large windows on each side with a sort of dark animation sequence depicting the characters looking badass, like Sabrewulf on top of his mansion, howling at the moon on a cloudy night or Maya standing in front of her temple, crossing Temperance and Vengeance in front of her, etc. You get the idea. Slow. Stylized. With as much graphical polish as humanly possible.