Rivals Workshop Character Creation Contest

03.07.2023, 10:01

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Today we’re kicking off a competition with one of the coolest prizes we can think of – a chance for your own character to officially join the Aether Universe! We’re inviting the community to create their dream character in our new contest and share it with the world for a chance to be added to Rivals 2.

If you’re new to Rivals or the Rivals Workshop and want to get involved, we’ve got great news because Rivals of Aether is currently on sale for 50% off! You can pick up the game at a discount (or any of our games) during the Steam Summer Sale for the next 2 weeks from 6/29/23 – 7/13/23.

Tired of waiting for Rivals 2 to come out? Afraid you won’t see the character of your dreams in an upcoming reveal? We have just the thing for you!

Ever since we added Steam Workshop support, our community has created over 3,000 characters and even more stages and buddies. It’s become such a fan-favorite that Workshop side events are now held at all Rivals Majors. On top of that – Workshop has even become such a core part of Rivals itself that we selected and adapted four of the best community-made characters to add as a free official update to the game in 2022. Now we’ve decided to turn our attention to our upcoming sequel with a public competition!

Starting today, 7/3/23, you’ll have until the end of the year to create and publish a brand new character with the chance to get it included in Rivals 2! We want to spur fresh ideas from the community, so we will only be allowing characters created and published after 7/3/23. Submissions are limited to one character per person and can be officially entered using our Google Form and publishing your character with the “Rivals 2 Contest” Steam Workshop tag. First place will receive $5,000 in exchange for rights to the character, while the winner and four runner-ups will receive exclusive cosmetics in Rivals 2.

While we’re on the subject of community-made characters, be sure to check out the amazing characters featured above in our trailer:

Official Rules

As mentioned above, to enter you will need to create and submit a completely original character (with the “Rivals 2 Contest” tag) during the contest period of 7/3/23 – 12/31/23. This means entrants should not use movesets or sprites from previous works. In addition, any submissions contributed to by a team must be submitted and represented by a single individual that owns the character. Judging will be done by the Aether Studios dev team based on a number of criteria including:

Gameplay 1-10 points
Visuals 1-5 points
Character Background (Element Fit/Lore) 1-5 points

The top choice will be awarded $5,000 in exchange for character rights and will guarantee the character’s inclusion in Rivals 2 sometime post-launch.

Participants must be at least 13 years old to participate. For complete contest details and requirements, check out our official Workshop Character Creation Contest rules.

Get Your Character Featured

While the competition’s underway we’d love to show off what our community is cooking. Working on something? Use our Highlight Form as many times as you’d like to submit video of your progress, process, or playtesting of your creation. You might be featured on our social media or game spotlights.

We hope everyone has fun with this competition and is excited as we are to see some awesome new characters make their way to the Rivals Universe. If you have any questions about the contest feel free to ask in the comments below, or on twitter, discord, or any of our other social media.

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2 months ago

I dunno if this is the best place to ask but, Tell me about speices lore here, whats out of bounds?

What if I wanna do like, a Chimera, a Capricorn or a Jackalope?

2 months ago

Time and time agai, Rivals of Aether proves itself not only to be one of the best platform fighters of all time, but community as well. Thank you Dan and team for this great franchise.

2 months ago

This is lit

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2 months ago

Wow, this is Dope!!! Happy to see this happening. Looking forward to making an entry.

2 months ago

Hey, I was making my character for the contest, and I took a closer look at the rules and they say this:
Submissions must consist of content created during the Contest Period. Submissions
must not be a copy or an edited version of a character created before The Contest
I had the general idea for my character about a year ago and I made some concept art then. However, I didn’t write any code, draw any sprites or release anything to the workshop that features the stuff I did.
Is it still fine if I make this year-old idea into a character during the time this contest is running, as I am doing now?

2 months ago

Would having a character with a “blood” meter be too far for the contest? I’ve been a fan of Slasher movies for as long as I can remember, so my dream character def takes heavy inspiration from that

Volt Dragon
2 months ago

Do we get to vote on what character gets added? I can’t make a character but I know some characters I’d like to see in the game that are original

2 months ago
2 months ago

What does ‘rights to the character’ mean? I tried looking in the pdf but couldn’t find any elaboration on what specifically that entails.

1 month ago

Are character models flipped when facing left/right in Rivals 2? In other words, should I take symmetry into account when designing my character, or will it not matter?

1 month ago

Should a character come with their own theme and stage? Would one’s winning chances increase if those were to be included in the submission?

21 days ago
Reply to  admin

Thank you for your answer! One other thing: will the winner be credited as the original creator of the winning character in future games where the character appears, or do they forfeit that when they sell the rights?

1 month ago

Just curious: does the submission have to be a fully working workshop character, or is a well fleshed out design document and concept art enough?

1 month ago

So… say I wanted to sign up with a character that technically already EXISTS within Aether lore, but has had zero screentime. Namely Scoop, the Intrepid Reporter from DoA.

No sprites yet, no designs yet, no moveset yet, we don’t even have a species for the guy. He’s just a ghost writer, which is why this would be super cool way to give him a form

1 month ago

Are template moves fair game? Like these: https://github.com/Menace13/RoA-Workshop-Templates/tree/master

1 month ago

I have a couple important questions about the contest that I can’t seem to find answers to anywhere.

1.)Is it alright to use the official Sandbert workshop item as a base for people who can’t necessarily code from the get go, or do we absolutely have to start from scratch? If it is the later, would it be alright to use it as coding reference for when we make our own code as long as we don’t directly copy the files or code lines?

2.)If we make a character that’s outside of the already given elements (Fire, Water, Earth, or Air), would that disqualify us given how characters are normally centered around those four elements?

3.)Reading the official rules and the forms, I found no indication that it’d be against the rules to do this/a problem, but just in case–would it be alright to use a pen name rather than a real name? I’d very much rather keep my information private from the public and just being known by a pen name publicly as the owner, even during (if won/close to) receiving the rewards (such as the Assignment Agreement)–especially since Paypal is how we will receive it. Would that be alright to use a pen name throughout the entire process?

4.)Is it possible that, if worked with a team and won, could we all get separately credited as a team in someway for the character alongside the owner? Or will just the owner be the sole credited person?

Thank you in advance.

1 month ago
Reply to  admin

Thanks for the reply, it clears up a lot of stuff we were wondering about! Few more thing I wanted to know though, concerning privacy; in terms of us getting credit overall if we won, does this mean we can all publicly have our own pen names out when credited or whatnot instead of our legal names as well?

Also, in the case of the owner winning, how can we contact or request to use pen names publicly instead of legal names? Or will you guys simply use the name given to you based on the submission with the character, and not the agreement? Thanks again in advance for your time.

16 days ago

(I am sorry if I accidentally commented twice)

I have a few questions about characters for the contest.

1) I am planning to submit character that I care for deeply and I want to make in the future movie and/or game series centered him. If my submission was accepted, would I be able to still be able to do this or would so be unable to?

2) Also should I change his lore to fit better into the Rivals universe?

3) I do not know if Rivals 2 will have different color options and/or outfit options. Should I do more than just color palette changes but also outfits too?

Thank you for your time.

11 days ago

Will other characters entered into the contest or just characters already on the workshop be added in the future?

10 days ago

If I use a template character like Sandbert with a Smartphone, am I going to have to remove all the copyrighted sounds before I submit my character for the contest?

9 days ago

So I know that this world’s inhabitants are all animals, but I was wondering if something more clearly human-like (a half-human actually) could also make it as a Rivals character, or if it has to be an animal to make it ?

I’ll be making the character anyway but I just wanna know if it’s worth hurrying to add it to the contest, or if I can just not bother and take my time.