Announcing When Vikings Attack! Character Design Contest


Would you like to help the war effort against the Viking hordes? How about win a PlayStation Vita whilst your own character design is implemented in When Vikings Attack! as a playable character?

Well now you can, thanks to the When Vikings Attack! Character Design Contest that begins today!

Sony PlayStation and the awesome guys over at Clever Beans are offering one lucky gamer the opportunity to design a character in our upcoming Viking ’em up for PSN.

Need a catch up on the game? Here’s Martin and Andrew from Clever Beans being all British at E3, describing When Vikings Attack! for both the PS3 and Vita.

During the second Viking invasion of Great Britain in the 1970s (you remember that from history class right?), many brave townsfolk took up arms to become one of the greatest civilian armies the country has ever known. Men, women and children fought the good fight to keep their idyllic land free from Viking oppression. Now we’ve done our best to represent all these brave people in the game but we thought it would be pretty cool to throw it out to the community as well…

All you have to do is take the character template that we’ve created, fill it in with any design you can think of and provide a short description. Once you’re ready, head on over to the contest page and upload your entry. Creations can be hand-drawn or created using your graphic design program of choice. We will do the technical bits and the fine artists over at Clever Beans will interpret it into the game.

When Vikings Attack - male templateWhen Vikings Attack female template

Here are some examples of a few of the existing townsfolk in the game and how they came from sketch to character model.

When Vikings Attack - FarrahWhen Vikings Attack - Zilla

Don’t feel you have to be constrained to the time period or location of the game. We understand that all sorts participated in the great battle so go wild and let your imagination have at it. We understand some of you may be hesitant to enter a contest that entails drawing, but have no fear. Artistic skill is not a requirement here — this is a contest of creativity! To ease your nerves, some of the folks at SCEE have volunteered to share their quirky character designs – head on over to our Flickr set to check them out.

When Vikings Attack staff image

4 Author replies
Clare Sandford 19 July, 2012 @ 15:49

Very disappointed my Medusa one didn’t make the gallery cut

Clare Sandford 19 July, 2012 @ 15:51

Oh no – it is there. My bad. It’s awesome : )

Gamesgbkiller 19 July, 2012 @ 16:08

I want to try that !

Pacman_Ownage 19 July, 2012 @ 16:33

Done my bit for the community :D

… Most definitely not based off myself ;3

Neil McPhillips 19 July, 2012 @ 17:55

Looking forward to seeing it!

CoolRichy008UK 19 July, 2012 @ 16:58


Are we supposed to pick just one of the templates or do the same character using both?

Neil McPhillips 19 July, 2012 @ 17:54

You can choose, one is for a female character and the other is for a male character.

Good luck!

Oh I see! Thanks for the reply.

I remember reading all about the second Viking invasion of Great Britain. My brother’s neighbours friend had taken some pictures of the invasion in the 1970s, I can still remember seeing them to this day. I will do my best to recall what I saw. (lol)

I love these contests, it gets loads of us thinking about the game and maybe becoming part of it in some way.

Neil McPhillips 19 July, 2012 @ 18:29

I’d like everyone to know that I have not paid ChazzH69 in any way to say what he just said… it was an honest response! :)

Glad people like these comps though! We’re really excited to see what people can do.

Wired_Gantz 19 July, 2012 @ 22:20

This game looks really fun. The best of lucks to the talented people from Clever Beans.

spankcheese 20 July, 2012 @ 01:09

is it not available for people in NZ? cause i clicked the link and it’s fo’ o fo’.
i wanna draw purdy pictures too!


Love this! Just submitted my design, can you only enter once or multiple times?


ik wil gebruiken

Just added mine :)

Question: I didnt provide any description of my character, where can I put it ?


Hi to everyone. I’m come from Malaysia. I had finish my character design and going to send it and I really have no idea where can I upload my work for this contest. Can somebody tell me? Thanks a lot!

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