As we proceed through the development process we will have to balance the costs associated with various cameras vs what the end customer wants. We can test core gameplay mechanics earlier in the process by using a simpler camera system.
Top Down Camera
Usually reminds people of Smash TV or Gauntlet. Using this camera mode in the tech demo phase is going to allow us to test if our game is fun before investing any money in artwork. If we can make a tight, responsive hockey game top down, that fun should be easier to translate into a more sophisticated camera.
The very first version is going to have a static camera which will show the entire rink in one frame and the camera will not move.
The second version is going to have a scrollable camera. It will follow the play/player/puck up and down the ice.
Very popular for RTS games. Basically 2D graphics drawn to show multiple facets of an object to make it look three dimensional.