Sure. Draw all the parts first.
What if I'm wearing invisible equipment?
and every gaming system should have 16 GB of RAM in order to load all the different skins.
8 gigs of RAM are enough with proper memory management.
And when they're not... You can always download more
*flashbacks to my 2nd game where the first dungeon is played in characters' underwear due to losing their gear to the villain in the opening cutscene*
Heckie no. I'll take artistic consistency any day. Its a pain to make, too.
Why pain? and why needs more RAM? You just need to attach 100+ stat bonus from a dragon armor into your leather armor.
I love visual equipment but I don't love drawing all the parts
Games have always made compromises to speed up development time. I'm not aware of any 2d rpg that changes your appearance depending on equipped parts.
Pokemon also has shortcuts. They have simple attack animations but many character types.
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