Encouraging players to get creative is always a fun way to engage with a game’s community. And, from the wide-eyed anime-inspired characters, to their countless collectable costumes, King’s Raid is a dream for fan artists. Put two and two together…
Earlier this year, King’s Raid developer Vespa teamed up with online art community Pixiv to launch an exciting competition for fans of the popular mobile RPG. The submission rules were simple: draw an illustration focusing on the heroes of King’s Raid, and enter it by 26th March. The potential reward? The admiration of players the world over, Vespa’s royal seal of approval – oh, and an impressive prize pool of 5 million yen (around £37,000).
There were a total of 1,061 colourful submissions, featuring heroes striking all sorts of dynamic poses and imagined in all manner of scenarios – from beach parties to wedding ceremonies. The standard was high, which must’ve meant a lot of backroom squabbles and tough decisions for the judges.
There could only be one main winner, though. That accolade went to artist Ren Tian for their work “Memory Fragment”, starring Jane in all her undead, purple-haired glory. Second prize went to two artists: ‘Meling’ for their depiction of Shea, and ‘Chibi Vanille’ for “A new bride’s dream”. 54 entrants in total received prizes for their artistic efforts. But perhaps most exciting of all – Vespa has plans to use the submitted work in exhibitions and fan merchandise.
You can browse through all the submissions within the game itself – simply log in or download King’s Raid from the App Store or Google Play. Alternatively, you can take a look at the art on the main competition page: https://www.pixiv.net/contest/kingsraid