Fuse is a data-driven, modular 3D character creation tool that comes packaged with 60+ body parts, 100+ clothing meshes, 42 dynamic texturing substances, and 2 free Auto-Rigs for Fuse characters per week. The new Advanced Character Customization allows you unlimited creativity when crafting your unique character!
User reviews: Mixed (210 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 6, 2013

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December 21

COMMUNITY CHOICE SALE! FUSE 66% OFF!!

Holy cow! Fuse is in a Steam Winter Community Choice Sale with a 66% discount for the next 24 hours!!!
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November 6

Fuse 1.3 Released!

Today I’m happy to share all the new features and content we’ve been working hard to get into the newest version of Fuse. We're excited to see how you use the new toon, aged and teenager character meshes and all the military/operational clothing content you’ve been asking for to create the unique characters you need. There are also a few other surprises in store for this release.

New Download Types for Garry’s Mod and Source Filmmaker

Today marks a full year of Fuse being available as a standalone application available on Steam.

To celebrate our Steam-a-versary we made it easier to get your unique Fuse character into the popular Source engine applications, Garry's Mod and Source Filmmaker. Now when you create a 3D character with Fuse and Auto-Rig it on Mixamo, you have the option to download it as a ragdoll for Gmod or a character and animation for SFM.

Now you can download Fuse characters to use in Gmod or SFM

Tutorials to guide the way

Need some guidance on how to work with the new download types? Click on the links below for the specific tutorial you need. And don't be shy about exploring the new Mixamo Community where you can find all the documentation, forums and support you need for all things Mixamo.


A Special Thanks

Thank you to our SFM guru community activists for helping us understand the SFM import process: Casey Billadeau, Grigory Revzin, Pte Jack, and Daniel Barreiro. Without these guys, the download type for SFM would not be possible!


What Else is New in Fuse 1.3?

What did our Fuse survey tell us that you wanted to see more of? Why, cartooney characters, aged characters and more realistic teenage characters of course!

  • Toons, aliens and combat-ready 3D characters are yours to create in Fuse 1.3
  • The full list of new features and content in Fuse v1.3!:
  • New Toon, Aged, and Teen character content- No more generational gaps!
  • New Military and Occupational Content - Doctors, Police Officers, Firefighters... build your virtual city from the ground up!
  • Reference Image Planes - Import an image to use a reference while you are creating your custom character
  • Asynchronous Substance Loading - Allows you to more quickly construct your character and add clothing while the substances are rendered in the background
  • Retopologized Characters with higher quality edge loops and face definition
  • Dynamic Cloth Wear - Updated substance parameters allow you to weather raised edges of your character's clothing
  • Better selection visibility - previous bounding boxes are now form-fitting highlights around a selected object
  • 10 New Substances!

So there you have it, folks. Another launch of Fuse, one year older and a whole lot smarter. We hope its everything you wanted and more. If you have comments or want to vote for what you’d like to see in Fuse, head on over to the Mixamo Community and chime in on the Fuse Ideas Forum.

And stay tuned for the next release of Fuse sometime in early 2015. We’ll be unveiling some very exciting additions to the Fuse ecosystem.

In the meantime, Happy Fusing!

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Reviews

“As more and more people want to create compelling 3D and game content, there is an increasing need for new tools that are easy to use and that enable users to share assets and collaborate on their projects. Fuse is a great example of how to offer all that while also delivering high-quality assets.”
Valve

“Seriously, $99 for the ability to make simple 3D characters that can be exported and used in a wide variety of compatible game engines is a miracle tool.”
Gaming Blend

“At the time of writing (May 30, 2014), more than two million members were online and playing [Steam games], with more than 240 million community content contributions have been logged to date. The Steam community is keen on modding games as well as creating and sharing content in the Steam Workshop. And this is where Fuse shows up.”
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Feature List

  • Packaged content includes 78 unique body parts, 152 pieces of clothing and accessories, and dozens of custom presets, ranging from Modern to Zombie and Fantasy styles. Fuse on Steam also includes 23 additional parts from The Scout, The Sniper, and The Spy from TF2
  • Fuse on Steam comes with 2 free Auto-Rigs per week for your characters created in Fuse and 12 free pre-selected motions to try out on your character available with all Mixamo accounts.
  • New - Direct download types for Gmod and SFM! Export from Mixamo.com to get a ragdoll for Garry's Mod or a character for Source Filmmaker
  • Massive look improvements with 2K skin texture maps for higher resolution characters,
  • ambient occlusion, and in-app Physically Based Rendering for realistic look and shadows
  • Facial Animation Blendshapes automatically generates 50 embedded facial blendshapes upon upload for rigging at Mixamo.com (FBX format only)
  • Custom Presets allow you to create unlimited character and clothing presets to customize your library and accelerate your workflow
  • Advanced Skin Substance with 3x number of customization options
  • Advanced Character Customization - Over 280 customization shapes per character
  • Import Custom Content
  • Dynamic character texturing with 61 Smart Texture substances, powered by Allegorithmic’s Substance technology
  • Excellent topology for project-ready characters, previs, or to use as your base models
  • Export characters as OBJ files with diffuse, normal, specular, and gloss maps
  • Download autorigged characters from Mixamo as FBX, FBX for Unity, Collada or BVH
  • Animations are provided through paid Mixamo service, with an Basic Locomotion pack and 10 other animations available for free for the users of Fuse

Active Development

Fuse is under active development, frequently receiving updates to content and functionality for free!

What is Fuse?

Fuse is a tool for anyone, from the casual hobbyist to the 3D professional, to create high-quality, royalty-free 3D characters in a matter of seconds. Fuse is packaged with over 60 body parts, 90 pieces of clothing, and 42 smart texture substances. New character and clothing meshes will be added for free to the full version of Fuse as they become available.

Fuse FAQ

Fuse Product Roadmap

New in v1.3!:

  • Reference Image Planes - Import an image to use a reference while you are creating your custom character
  • Asynchronous Substance Loading - Allows you to more quickly construct your character and add clothing while the substances are rendered in the background
  • New Toon, Aged, and Teen character content - No more generational gaps!
  • New Military and Occupational Content - Doctors, Police Officers, Firefighters... build your virtual city from the ground up!
  • Retopologized Characters with higher quality edge loops and face definition
  • Dynamic Cloth Wear - Updated substance parameters allow you to weather raised edges of your character's clothing
  • Better selection visibility - previous bounding boxes are now form-fitting highlights around a selected object
  • 10 New Substances!

Other features coming soon:
A space to share or sell your custom user-made models and clothing


New in v1.2!:
  • Custom Presets - Create character and clothing presets, customize your library! Make a character, hit the Star button at the top, and watch as that character is turned into a Fusible asset!
  • 2k Skin Textures - Hi-res for your pleasure! By default textures are set to 1k for speed, enable 2k in the substance menu
  • Advanced Skin Substance - Increased quality and 3x the number of customization options! Get crazy!
  • Realistic lighting and PBR shading - Just makes stuff look goooooood
  • Facial Animation Blendshapes - When you upload your character to Mixamo to be Autorigged, you can now have 50 facial animation blendshapes generated automatically!
  • 17 New Substances!

New in v1.1:
  • Face and Body customization! Customize your character with over 280 possible adjustment shapes. You can click and drag on UI controllers or use old-school sliders in a new workspace, "Customize"
  • Face and Body customization for imported characters! If you import a character that is based on the Fuse template or has matching UVs, those 280 customization shapes will be generated automatically
  • Now you can search your content library
  • Better scaling options
  • Texture packing options to reduce the total maps created on export and output a 2k or 4k map
  • Instant color picker - now selecting colors gives instant feedback on the character
  • Add a full set of matching body parts with a new right-click menu, or shift+click
  • 30 New pieces of content, including Fantasy items, alpha mustaches, and beards

New in v1.0:
  • Import custom content!
  • Higher quality characters, default 1k resolution, improved topology
  • Female models and textures now have nipples
  • New clothing
  • An additional free autorig per week
  • Memory optimizations
  • Save substance defaults for clothing
  • Dynamic textured thumbnails
  • Global preferences menu for exports

Updated in January:
  • New clothing!
  • Import external Allegorithmic’s Substance technology files (.sbsar)
  • Copy/Paste substances and parameter settings! Crazy fast!
  • Export option to include the occluded character body geometry
  • Substance Expansion pack permanently reduced to $19.99

Updated in December:
  • New heads, hats, glasses, and polygon strip hair
  • Save and Open your character to continue working
  • Export your character as quads or triangles
  • Optimized 1-click Texture workspace
  • Visible poly-count info in the workspace

Tell us what you want to see!
Fill out the Fuse User survey!

About This Software

Fuse is a data-driven, modular 3D character creation tool that comes packaged with 60+ body parts, 100+ clothing meshes, 42 dynamic texturing substances, and 2 free Auto-Rigs for Fuse characters per week. The new Advanced Character Customization allows you unlimited creativity when crafting your unique character! Exports for Source Filmmaker and Garry's Mod are available from mixamo.com after uploading your character!

Fuse was developed in collaboration between Mixamo and Vladlen Koltun’s research group at Stanford University, with Siddhartha Chaudhuri as chief architect and programmer. With the last beta release, Fuse integrates Allegorithmic’s Substance technology for a complete character modeling solution. Fuse offers an unprecedented approach to high quality 3D character creation. Users can browse through a vast number of mesh and texture choices to get custom built characters in a matter of minutes.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 64-bit
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 64-bit
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
447 of 458 people (98%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
So, I am a developer and I have no design skills. This tools might be what I am looking for.
And at first glance, it really is. It is really super easy to create a beautiful character, even I can do it!
But then you want to export your character with animations to an .fbx file and... you have to pay?????????

I just bought software, I paid for it, and it asks for 50$ for every animation I want to export on one character? Yes, there is a monthly subscription, but I am not at that stage of development yet where I can justify this expense. Yes, you get one export per week for free. I can't wait that long while developing!

This is a rip off.

I have used Poser in the past with my previous game, it was long ago. Poser didn't ask for more money.

I really hate this trend of asking people for money and then asking them for even much more than the original price to have them do what they paid for in the first place. It is a disgrace for everything software and games have ever standed for and it will destroy the market. You want to make games? Pay us! You want to make better games? Pay us more! You want to play a game? Buy it, and pay for in-game purchases or you won't be able to complete it. Wth...
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134 of 142 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This software is laughably bad. :( The Fuse program itself is just a front-end for their model-selling website. The best output you can hope for from Fuse directly (free) is an un-textured OBJ file and some separate textures for you to manually skin everything. If you want a rigged FBX model, you have to pay on their site (you get 2 free rigs per week) - and the prices are just insane. A single character with some animations will set you back hundreds of dollars. If you want - there's a yearly subscription plan with a very hefty price point (>1000$ per year). Even funnier, if you edit your character and want to regenerate the rig for some reason - it's a new character and you have to pay again.

If you're a small developer and are looking for an easy way of making rigged characters for a game - stay away from this program. The models aren't even all that good - they often have some mesh problems with vertices in weird places and overlaping surfaces that may cause flickering problems. If I payed the full price and not the 18EUR, I would be really annoyed now... This is the moment, when one wishes Steam had a refund policy.
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94 of 102 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I will update review at a later time
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88 of 101 people (87%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
well..........
this was atotal and utter disapointment...
i pay 100 euro for 3 caracters in one week..
and it only exports obj if u dont animate / rig it in the browser and that cost 79 dollar is u do it more then 3 times a week
soif u are looking to make one caracter this is for u but if your looking to make many find something els..
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154 of 219 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I bought this for 50$ a long time ago and I was very excited to get started. So I spent 2 hours creating a character and I wanted to add more to my character but I just couldn't. Here are a few suggestions to make this be as great as I expected it to be.

1) Make skin tones animal patterns such as snake scales, lizard scales, tiger fur, and other cool skins. (Would just be cool to add.)
2) 2 customizing modes: easy and advanced (advanced takes up a ton of time and if you colud just add an easy customizing mode where you can just adjust the main parts of your character then that would be great.)

These are my main concerns but I will definetly appreciate it if you could add these changes and I will recommend this if you add these changes. Thank you.
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
It's good for creating a model (apart from the vast lack of clothing and accessories).

When I exported and auto-rigged as prompted a hidden fee popped up asking me to buy the character that I made.

*sigh*

Just use to play around with model creation, wouldn't bother exporting the models unless you're absolutely loaded.
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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Honestly, this is horrible. It's slow, the clothes look horrible on the models no matter what you do, and it's basically the worst 3D modeling/animating program I've ever used. I wish I could return it.
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
There simply isn't enough customization options to make this worth while. At best, this would be good for background NPCs, not main characters. Since the regular price (luckily I got it for $25, although I would still like my money back) is comparable to a AAA game, I was expecting something at least as customization and user friendly to a "create a character" in any high quality game. Unfortunately, it is very limited and not very intuitive. I should be able to create any kind of character I can imagine and change every aspect to any degree (Something like Daz), but you have about maybe 20-30 character options with limited options to customize to a certain degree. At this point I'd even settle for the create a character and clothing options from saints row 3 or "create a wrestler" from a ps2 WWE game.

Conclusion/Should you buy
If the regular price was $25, It would be worth it (although I would still wait for it to be on sale). You can make a wide variety of generic characters. it would be good for quickly creating a zombie horde, or village/city NPCs that you would not be concentrating on. However, this is not for making a main character or important NPCs that you would have to look at for more than a few minutes.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
It really depends what you want. If you just want quick and simple models, and aren't fussed about detail in their form, this is good. If you want to really get into the detail of the character and model the anatomy to exactly how you envision it, this is not for you. It's basically the equivalent of a "model wizard". Choose head, next, choose torso, next, etc... Morphing is extrememly limited compared to Daz3D, for example, which is free. Any rigging involves uploading to their site, after creating an account, and using your 1 free montly rig or subscribing. Subscribing opens up more options, but it seems pointless when there are better free tools, and better subscription based software (Autodesk), or the hotkey driven free Blender software (create, rig and animate...but you have to remember a lot of keys).

In the end, I would not recommend this for any serious modeller. If you're a game creator and don't want to spend ages modelling extras for your game, choose this...but on sale.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Be aware that the new version 1.3 contains censorship for the teen models and cartoon teen models, like in BLACK BAR censorship. In my point of view this is completely unnecessary and takes away from a great software.
Importing content into FUSE is not for the faint of heart, I am changing my recommendation to NO until the fuse team(which is awesome) solves the censorship issue and create a more detailed step by step to importing.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Waste of money just to spend more money on exporting your stuff
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Allows you to save some time making a base mesh for previous generation game content.

Not much content.

Proportions are weird and anatomy is not spot on.

As so, price is too high.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
I highly recommend this. I am basing my decision as a modeler who uses Modo and Zbrush as well as various other modeling and painting software. The models are a good base to start off with for sculpting a basic humaniod form. No problems and very little adjustments needed in bringing it to Modo or Zbrush or any other modeling software. Polycount is fairly high but has a well design topo and good quality for the next generation gaming. Mixamo did a great job with each release of this product adding more content as well as a lower poly count TF2 characters and Cartoon Characters. I normally choose to keep my model for export from Modo into Unity, but you can bring it back into Fuse and it will seperate it into parts for Assembly. Once you reasemble your character you can send it over to Mixamo which provides 2 free rigs per week which is usually enough. In Mixamo they have a few free animation including a free Basic Locomotion Pack which is generally used for a Charater Controller in Unity and from Mixamo to Unity is an easy export via FBX.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Worst £25 i ever spent, you have to pay even more money for basic animations.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Just don't buy it,totally wast of your money,no matter it's 50% or 75% off.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Made fugly version of the Heavy from TF2. Was trying to make an elf. 2/10

Maybe buy if it's on sale for under 5$
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1,276 of 1,331 people (96%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I am very disappointed. The game* offers limited selections in models (or pieces of them), and the texture system is basic without buying an addon. Then, when you want to animate your character, you get ported to the Mixamo website. They provide a free (Provided you only ever use it twice) autorigger, which assembles a skeleton for your model. However, the animations are separate entirely. You can pay big sums to get the full scope of the software.

The software is not worth what you pay, and it's incredibly limited. Sure, you get easy character modelling, but don't be a sucker. The software is just an expensive (at least for recreational users) extension of Mixamo's actual animation and rigging website, where you can pay over a thousand dollars for full access.

EDIT: I think the primary purpose of a review is to give my opinion of the product I purchased. My expectations may or may not match someone else's, and it's ultimately their decision whether or not they should buy this application (Thanks for calling me a smartass and inquiring as to whether or not I was autistic. I appreciate your mature conduct). In order to inform someone best of what is being sold, I'll give you the numbers.

Body Parts Total: 66
Torso Pieces: 15
Arm Pieces: 15
Leg pieces: 15
Head Pieces: 21

Total Clothing Parts: 86
Bottoms/Pants: 19
Hair: 10
Hats: 6
Shoes: 17
Tops/Shirts: 27
Eyewear: 7

(Minor edit: My numbers may not be completely accurate by the time you read this, and I counted by thumb)

The clothing is fairly average; You get basic button up shirts, a few different jeans, but nothing too exciting. The distinct lack of hats is something I'd note; You don't get anything like motorcycle helmets, beanies, or other restrictive headgear that might clip with the head model.

Also, the facial customization is fairly limited, especially when you consider how in depth facial adjustments get in almost every videogame that allows it (APB: Reloaded, Skyrim, Saints Row, all of which have different developers). You can change a character's beard, eye color and diameter, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Fuse does not include advanced adjustment of the mouth, ears, nose, or head definition.

Also, I'd appreciate it if the developer would stop asking me to change my review. It's immature- The fact of the matter is that a review exists to provide insight to someone considering purchasing this product. If your software was geared to a more recreational and cheaper market, then you shouldn't have an "All Access" function on your website which costs $1,499 per year- Which gets you access to "Premium Mixamo content" for Fuse. While smaller microtransactions are available for purchasing animations, auto-rigging uses, and alternate 3D characters, the average customer is still not entitled to Mixamo's best customer support. Their "All Access" function boasts unlimited access to different things, but also "Premium Support". I understand you place your customers who pay more higher on your list of priorities, but should any paying customer really only be allowed to use the forum? It's alienating your more casual users who have also paid for your product.

The good news is that everything is royalty free, even for commercial use. Hopefully as the free content base expands, the overall quality and variance between the characters you can create will expand too.
(Minor edit here too: As I've been told, the Team Fortress 2 components are not covered under the royalty-free guarantee. This is understandable, though)

In the end, this review is not senseless hate. It is my opinion, and the very fact that I must defend my stance against two different developers and a rather feisty supporter is a serious issue that Mixamo's team should address. Don't use my review for "Does this guy like it? No? I won't buy it!" but instead see it as "This guy doesn't like it? Why?" I think the architecture is there, but the current content is far too plain and lackluster. I'll update my review as new packs come available - The free ones, that is.

EDIT: I've reviewed the Fuse product page and appreciate the changes made since previous edits. They are now up front about the amount of components available and the presence of a paid service. I have not used the software recently, but please note the developer is still adding content.

EDIT: I should have waited to update my review. I guess my review is "belying" according a clearly biased article by CinemaBlend. I'm sort of angry they made a backhanded comment about my review, but I'll let it by. The article also says my review was written back in January, which is only partially true. I left my original opinion untouched and updated my review in the form of edits, even over the last few months.

EDIT: This will probably be one of my last. I've not checked any updates in awhile, and because of this my review may have fallen out of date. Please do not bash the developers - they are doing all they can to make sure they succeed. I don't think they've explicitly attacked my review, and although this review may be a thorn in their side, I did not write it to ruin them. I have no intention of making this software fail - it has potential. But I cannot deny the shifty behavior with PR, and it is something MIxamo should address.
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609 of 638 people (95%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The screenshots in the store page that show the characters in various poses are very misleading. It does mention that "animation" is provided through a paid service under "feature list"... and it comepletely fails to mention that there is no way to pose the character models on your own.

After "purchasing" this, I found out the hard way that those screenshots were achieved through the added paid service.

I wanted to use this to aid me in my art when drawing difficult poses and I'm only giving this a negative review do to the misleading screenshots.
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503 of 529 people (95%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I'm sorry, but as a game artist, these models are aweful. They start off with body parts that are often not to scale and even after tweaking the scale where, say, the legs and arms fit the body and head size, the overall structure of the legs and/or arms is off in scale. They aren't anatomically correct. The saving grace is if you plan to cover them up with clothes, but they barely give you anything you can work with, aside from some generic pieces and the go so far as to charge you $19 to get more generic clothing. Waste of money and waste of time. If you have nothing else to lean on, this might work, but even the exported models don't look right without a bit of work in other apps. Avoid this one and just go for the free (and better) alternative of using MakeHuman.

[15 Mar 2014 EDIT:]
I can honestly still say stay away from this. Makehuman just came out with a finalized version that is not only free, but does what this is supposed to do. Don't waste your money on this.
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289 of 303 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I wish I had read the reviews beforehand.

Basically for a quick generation of some basic character this works fine. However if you want more than that you have to pay (LOTS). There are a few animations you can use for free, but you have to pay for basic movements fast. Also there is an auto rigger that you can use a limited number of times (at the moment of writing, 2x per week).

Using this product for full character creation, rigging and animation will cost you a LOT more than the initial price.

Please read other reviews as well before buying. If I had done it beforehand, I wouldn’t have bought it.

Edit: It appears that there is a basic motion pack for free, however it is a bit hidden away. This makes it somewhat more usable.
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