Got a great story in your mind but neither time nor the skills to produce it? Turn your movie idea into reality in real-time with Puppet Play. Using your own movement in VR, quickly and easily animate a wide variety of characters (not only puppets) and props to realize your idea in minutes.
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Nov 25, 2021

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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to make animating as easy as possible to allow everyone to turn their creative vision into reality. VR is still a relatively new medium and we need your feedback to realize our goal! With your input, we can shape the future of our tool in terms of characters, themes, and interactions. So go ahead and tell us what hinders your creative process!”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“No longer than 6 months. In the initial release, all major features are already implemented, and the tool is fully usable. Depending on the feedback we get from you guys, it might take a few months more or less!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan to improve the systems that were already implemented from the start with your feedback as well as to add new tools and animatable types in order to create the best animation workflow possible. We will also work on more 3D puppets and ways to further customize them to your liking!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All major features are included in the first release version. These include animating, recording audio, motion capture, remote control, export as video, fullbody IK systems as well as a wide variety of assets!”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, once the full version of the game is released, the price will increase.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Your feedback is the main reason we do this. Whatever you have, please let us know. For now, the best place to reach us is the Community Hub here on Steam! We appreciate all the feedback we get. Early access allows us to edit and improve our tool with the help of you guys!”
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Notice: Requires one of the following virtual reality headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Valve Index. See the VR Support section for more info.
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About This Software

You have the idea, we have everything else!

Puppet Play aims to make animating as easy as possible by utilizing the possibilities of VR headsets. In traditional animation tools, animating is done by manipulating gizmos on a 2D screen. In Puppet Play everything is animated by recording your movement in real-time. This not only makes animating easy but also super fast. No matter the prior experience, if you have a cool idea for a movie you can turn it into reality in a few minutes (depending on your idea it might take a bit longer)!

Easy & fast way to animate

Grab an object → press record → move it around & repeat!
Additional tools like motion capture, remote control & auto walk support the process. Use your headset to record live audio and once everything is complete, export and share your creation in a standard video format (mp4).

Huge Collection of Assets

A huge collection of different characters (not only puppets), props and environments are ready for you to use! All things animatable are separated into 3 categories:

Puppets: Characters with Full-Body-Inverse-Kinematic rigs for fast animations
Props: Large objects to build & decorate your set with.
Items: Small objects that can also be attached to the puppets, like weapon, hair & hats.

You are in your own movie studio with many different sets that can be further customized with props. They range from traditional puppet theatres to fully-fledged 3D scenes for your next epic cinematic trailer!

Characters with different complexities

A puppet on a stick or a full 3D character with individually animatable limbs: Choose what fits your vision & time scope. Short on time but still want to tell a story? Choose puppets on a stick! Got a bit more time on your hand and want to go into detail? Then choose a fully animatable humanoid character!

No 2D UI Screens

It's designed for VR, there is no place for 2D UIs! All interactions are physical and integrated into the movie/puppet studio world. Or to say it in cool UX design terms: It's a fully diegetic UI!

Share your creation with everyone!

Once your animation is complete, you can export and share it as a standard video file (mp4). You have all rights to upload and monetize anything you make with our tool!

Our Team

Puppet Play is being developed by a team of freshly graduated students from Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Puppet Play started as a semester project in the study "Animation and Game" at the campus.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
    • Processor: Quad Core 3 Ghz+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1070
    • Storage: 5 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
    • Processor: Six Core 4 Ghz +
    • Memory: 16 MB RAM
    • Graphics: RTX 2080
    • Storage: 5 MB available space
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