The first expansion for OlliOlli World has landed, and with it comes over 70 brand new customization options to add to the vast selection already in the base game.
The VOID Riders are an all-new alien team that has landed on Radlandia on a quest to find the mystical Hyped One, a truly out-of-this-world skater worthy of a cosmic celebration. Could that skater be you? Will you be able to impress their mysterious leader, Nebulord? And, more importantly, what kind of fresh new fashions are these intergalactic visitors bringing to Radlandia?
I spoke with Arthur Tubb, lead character artist and animator at developer Roll7, who gave me a detailed insight into the new customization options in this DLC and how all these alien ‘tweaks’ came to be.
Roll7: Hey Arthur! The first is the first. Could you tell me a bit about the process of designing a customization item?
Arthur Tubb: We start by figuring out how many new items we need, how they unlock, and how they fit into the narrative. Then we go crazy and try to design them. I work on all aspects of the process, from conception, modeling, texturing, skinning, rigging, and setting up the prefabs in the game.
Roll7: What is a prefab?
Arthur Tubb: Well, in this context, the Prefab is the item of clothing and how it fits into the customization system.
Roll7: So, for example, there’s a Prefab which is just a basic T-shirt shape, and then you and the customization team can put different colors and patterns on it.
Arthur Tubb: That’s how it is!
Roll7: What was your thought process when working on the new ‘VOID’ line? What was the vibe you were looking for?
Arthur Tubb: In terms of vibe, I always try to steer it towards the existing skate culture… most of the gear I’ve seen them wear while skating at some point, whether it’s wacko on the streets or in old skate videos from the years! 80!
Roll7: How did you go about capturing that out-of-this-world feeling with these new customization items?
Arthur Tubb: The rainbow shader probably makes them feel more cosmic and the wavy effect on the Nebulord elements. Rainbow Shader is a special type of effect on custom in-game items, creating a kaleidoscope of colors that moves across the object. I can’t take credit for that, it’s down to our VFX artists! But I made a board where the grip tape is a portal to another dimension…
Roll7: There are also a couple of new screenshots and animations in this DLC. Which one were you most excited to see in the game and why?
Arthur Tubb: Yes, there are some new ones! I animated the shots, and our 3D animator Aurelien Duhayon created the animation options for your character to do at the beginning and end of races. The Rocket Air is really cool as I like 80’s vertical tricks but the Cosmic Caveman starting animation is just plain fun. We had fun with these new ones, for sure.
Roll7: There are also some new hairstyles. How does the selection and design process work?
Arthur Tubb: We received some requests to make even more diverse hairstyles, and we were happy to accept it. Our amazing concept artist German Reina came up with new hairstyles based on those requests, and then our 3D artist Jeremi Boutelet modeled them in all their gorgeous glory. The hardest part of that is probably creating the blended shapes, so they fit perfectly under all the hats! A ‘Blendshape’ is an effect that modifies an object in another way, in this context it is the difference between a hairstyle with or without a hat.
Roll7: If you could use/possess an item from OlliOlli World: Riders of the VOID In real life, which one would you choose and why?
Arthur Tubb: My personal style is pretty boring, I like to keep things simple with maybe an accent color. So I would go for the black Believe t-shirt with a pink print.
Roll7: What is your new favorite customization item that you worked on for this first expansion and why?
Arthur Tubb: Oh that’s hard, I love you all for different reasons. But the pull up hoodie is great, it offers some new variations and skinning the collar was fun. Lagoon Creature’s outfit is also cool, as she has big, oversized feet and a permanently goofy expression.
OlliOlli World: Riders of the VOID brings a brave new world of space-age challenges and gear as you prepare to enter and explore an alien biome: the VOID VOID Riders is the first of two expansions for the critically acclaimed OlliOlli World created by BAFTA and multi-award winning studio, Roll7. you can pick up VOID Riders today on Xbox Store for $9.99.
OlliOlli World: Riders of the VOID
Skate me to your leader: The VOID Riders have landed in the first expansion for OlliOlli World! The most elegant aliens, Sair’Rah, Khehvyn and Pftangxi, have arrived in Radlandia with the intention of acquiring stingray specimens for the mighty Nebulord. OlliOlli World: VOID Riders brings a brave new world of space-age challenges and gear as you prepare to enter and explore an alien biome: the VOID. visit Burntrock assault. As you traverse Radlandia, go on an alien abduction with the new tractor beam mechanic. Keep landing and impress Nebulord with your alien-inspired style and you just might find yourself in favor of becoming his favorite alien! Jump into the most radical reaches of space in OlliOlli World’s next out-of-this-world adventure. VOID Riders is the first of two expansions for the critically acclaimed OlliOlli World game created by BAFTA and multi-award winning studio Roll7. Key Features: ● Enter the VOID: Ollie through a variety of levels with his otherworldly companions and experience a whole new side of Sunshine Valley, Cloverbrook and Burntrock. As his alien cohort retrieves specimen skates (and cows), overcome looming obstacles to unlock the VOID Riders’ home planet: VOID ● UFO Sighting: “Defying gravity” takes on a whole new meaning in VOID Riders! . Encounter huge beams of light lifting everything in its path… including you! Take your tricks to the next level and grab your board before you hit the tractor beam. If you’re successful, you’ll be able to use anti-gravity to your advantage to pull off even fancier tricks. Missing out on those opportunities could risk a hard landing like no other. Ready for the challenge? ● Extra-Dimensional Expression – Show your true self with out-of-this-world looks, including everything from alien streetwear to a cow jumpsuit. Lots of brand new customizations are available to transcend your personal sci-fi style with unique outfits, new emotes, and clever tricks. OlliOlli World: VOID Riders is the first expansion that can be purchased individually or as part of the OlliOlli World Expansion Pass or OlliOlli World Rad Edition. The OlliOlli World base game is required to play expansions. Be careful not to make duplicate purchases.
Traverse an enchanting and bizarre world as you take on quests, challenges, and make new friends along the way. Customize your character’s appearance, tricks, and style as you experience explorable levels with multiple paths that provide a variety of opportunities for player expression. Challenge the world in leagues or challenge a friend to beat your best tricks in one of millions of shareable levels. Experience accessibility, depth, and player freedom as you immerse yourself in OlliOlli World’s signature flow state gameplay. OlliOlli World marks the third entry in the critically acclaimed OlliOlli series from Roll7, the BAFTA and multi-award winning independent studio. Key Features: • Welcome to Radlandia! – Take a journey through a lush skate utopia filled with eccentric characters and vibrant locations begging to be explored. Find your grind in the Bouncy Alley or kick back in The Vulgas to discover new paths, new side quests, cool rewards, and epic trick opportunities. All perfectly complemented by a carefully selected compilation of tracks from IDM and Electronica. • Play at your level – Super-tight controls combine with highly refined gameplay to ensure a silky-smooth ride. Are you not a professional? Don’t worry – OlliOlli World welcomes you with open arms, allowing new players to tear up the streets and pull off sick method shots without fear of hitting the curb. You think you have what it takes? Achieve dominance through millions of unique levels in sandbox mode or compete against rivals from around the world in leagues with a massively deep combo system with over 100 moves to master and combine in your battle for the high score. • Freedom of Expression – Navigate the epic Radlandia skate rink and show off your skills to unlock special rewards that allow you to customize your character’s look, tricks and style. Do you want to skate with your flip flops? Cheer up. Do you want to wear a bumblebee romper? Well, then… don’t judge. At OlliOlli World, as long as you’re on board, anything goes!