Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Rise of 3D-Printed Video Game Characters

3D printing has really taken off in recent months. In its infancy, 3D printing was something of a novelty. A few shapes and figures here and there, but nothing incredibly unique. Recently, 3D printing got shot into a whole new level of popularity, and all it took was someone recognizing the niche video game enthusiast community to make it happen.

Infinity Blade really took mobile gaming to a different level. Don’t get us wrong. We love the simplicity of side scrolling games that can be played in a matter of minutes while you’re waiting for a bus or just killing some time. What really made Infinity Blade a milestone for mobile video games, aside from its very eerie and atmospheric setting, was the utilization of swipe technology. It certainly was a beautiful-looking game, to boot. Sequels built upon the first game’s beautiful art style and gameplay to make it a mainstay of mobile gaming. In-game available 3D-printed figurines took the game to a cult following status. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter figurines. An entire interface with customizable options lets you bring Infinity Blade into your figurine collection in a way that makes sense for you and your collecting style. The figurine fanboys here at Symbiote Studios couldn’t help but imagine this practice transferring over to other video game franchises.

Elder Scrolls is the first that comes to mind. A game rife with customization, original weapons and armor, and unique paths from unknown wanderer to legendary hero make this a perfect game for 3D-printed video game characters.

Borderlands would be another great option. The series’ recognizable art style would let the 3D-printed figurines maintain that cartoonish look, and would probably be cheaper to produce.

What video game franchise would you love to see brought to life through printed video game figurines? Sound off in the comments below!