Modding is very often one of the means used by developers to boost their video game. Hypixel Studios Inc. wants to go one step further by offering Hytale players the ability to easily create content such as weapons, monsters and more, thanks to ergonomic and understandable tools.
Élisée Maurer created in 2011 the software Craft Studio. The goal of this tool was to “democratize game creation by providing players with very simple tools to create their own games, but also by making it fun and transforming it as a game in itself”. In addition, one of the innovative aspects is that it offers the possibility of real-time collaboration on the same project. This means that two people connected to the same file can modify both the graphical aspect of the object, and in parallel animate it.
After the launch of the software, the French developer met Nicolas ‘Bilou’ Gauthier, who was one of the first to acquire the software. Thanks to his external point of view, he quickly realized that it was necessary to make this tool more modular, and especially to export it on the web.
Today, they have both joined the ranks at Hypixel Studios. Their task is to create a new software even more developed and practical than CraftStudio because it quickly became too limited in it’s functions when the design team used it to create the game models. This is how the Hytale Model Maker, a toolkit for modelling, texturing and animation, was created, allowing the company to create objects, tools, weapons, armours, NPCs, mobs and all animations that will adorn the game. In addition, it will be available for the players, so that they can also create themselves the content they want to add to the game.
Although the players or modders can create their content and then share it once finished, Hypixel Studios wants to change this way of thinking, which can be perceived as solitary, to set up a form of collaboration.
With the Hytale Model Maker, several people will be able to work simultaneously and in real time on the same model, but on different domains. One will be able to take care of the 3D design part, and another one of the graphic part with the application of the colours and textures, and one last person will be in charge of animating the model.
In addition, most models are modular, this means that it is possible to apply different attachments, including hairstyles, clothes, shoes and tools very easily. The goal of this mechanic is to make creatures of the same species different through various visual aspects.
Check out the video for more information on Hytale’s model creation tools by Hytale Hub.
Finally, concerning the sharing of your creations, you will be able to send it to other players, but more importantly export it into the game, allowing you to see your product directly in the world of Hytale!
The Hytale Model Maker will be available for free at the same time as Hytale’s release. Although we do not know yet the launch date of the latter, which will be available on PC and Mac, you can already register to participate in the open beta of Hytale on its site.