Will Wright had the first idea, Ed Fries was the first to make it work for WoW characters with FigurePrints.com (we'll have more on them, including a studio tour, on Friday), Rock Band recently joined the party and EA has just announced Spore Sculptures!
3D printing is what it's all about - technology that can take a model from a video game and make a physical copy of it that you can pick up and show off to your friends.
Maxis, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, and Z Corporation today announced that fans of the critically acclaimed video game Spore can now transplant their unique creatures into the real world as Spore Sculptures through Z Corporations 3D printing technology. The partnership furthers EAs commitment to extending intellectual property outside of traditional gaming, giving fans a platform to go beyond the game and further express their creativity.
At its heart, Spore is a tool for creativity. Since launch, fans have made more than 40 million Spore creatures, vehicles and buildings, said Patrick Buechner, Vice President of Marketing at Maxis. We wanted to give players a way to extend their in-game creativity to the real world. The flexibility of the in-game creation tools allows an almost limitless variety of Spore Sculptures.
Z Corporations high-definition multicolor 3D-printing is the technology that enables the conversion of players one-of-a-kind creatures into figurines that can be proudly displayed to friends and family. Spore Sculptures are the latest incarnation of ZPrints, full-color physical objects produced from 3D data much as a traditional office printer creates a document from text.
A ZPrinted Spore Sculpture will immortalize a Spore creature at any given time, or several selected times to document its evolution, said John M. Kawola, Z Corporation CEO. Theres a staggeringly large universe of 40 million potential creations that can cross into the physical world.
To create a Spore Sculpture, players design their creature using the Spore Creature Creator with hundreds of flexible drag-and-drop body parts and a virtually infinite number of possible configurations. Players can then digitally paint their creatures with unique patterns. Once the creatures are complete, players upload their digital creations to www.sporesculptor.com and place their order. The ZPrinted models (up to 4 inches tall) will be shipped directly to consumers. For detailed information on the Spore Sculpture creation process, visit http://www.zcorp.com/Solutions/Entertainment---The-Arts/About-Spore-Sculptures/spage.aspx.
Crossing from the virtual to physical worlds is a popular trend in merchandising for the gaming industry. Spore Sculptures will be a dramatic addition to Spore T-shirts, playing cards and comic books. Z Corporation technology is ideally suited for this role given its status as the industrys only high-definition multicolor 3D printer.
Spore Sculptures will retail for $49.50 USD.