I was absolutely in love with the artwork. So I decided to dig around in the files and see if I could extract it for use as wallpapers. I succeeded, but decided to poke around in the files a bit more. I found something quite interesting.
First, I saw a file in the "AI_PERSONALITIES" folder called "RAL.xml". The contents were this:
(also, every other planeswalker has a music string in the format FIRST_LAST_MIX)
Naturally, I poked around in the folders it referenced, and I found these images for the in-game avatar:
And the AWESOME looking backplate (from the pre-game screens):
(I hosted this image on my server because it was too large to attach here)
I googled around, and can't find a trace of Ral anywhere. Are we possibly looking at a future expansion PW here? (Either DotP or INN?) Or maybe he's in the game I just haven't got to him yet? (I've only beat the regular campaign and revenge. Still haven't finished Archenemy.)
If I had to take a completely uneducated guess I would say the background looks like he is from INN and that leads me to believe he is new. Awesome find but I have no idea what he is.
Another thing comes to mind with something simalier that happened when Bioshock 2 was released they had DLC in the game as part of the disk and you had to buy the DLC to unlock it. This was the first time a game did this and people really dug into the makers of the came for putting extra content on the disk and still making you pay extra for it. the way computers work is every time a count happens it would start at 0 and count up I'm sure most people know that. "<CONTENT_PACK integer="0" />" could mean that he will be part of the first DLC released for duels M12.
that's really cool that you looked through the image files and found that, I like the art, and he could be in Innistrad sure, but remember, that is still alot of really limited information, Ral could be nothing more then some important character in game only
Completely! But from the art alone I hope he pulls a Nissa and gets printed!
This is amazing. Another way to tell its not Izzet is by the floating buildings in the background.
It's possible he's Izzet while not actually being on Ravnica. And judging by the blue and red clothing, his hair is decidedly white and slicked back, and the copper instrumentation he has all make him seem very much Izzet.
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