May 2021: Sci-Fi Buildings [CLOSED]


Start Date: May 12, 2021
Due Date: May 31, 2021 (by end of day, Pacific Time)


Each entrant is eligible for a payment of up to $400. The exact payment amount for each entrant will be based on the quality of the entrant’s work.


Design at least 5 buildings, exteriors only, with a science fiction theme. The buildings should be suited for games with a modern or futuristic theme. The goal is to create a collection of pre-built buildings that developers can use to quickly create sci-fi scenes in their game.

For inspiration take a look at sci-fi PC games and mobile games, including city simulation games. Game footage can be viewed on YouTube, Twitch, and Steam. The great thing about science fiction is that you can let your imagination run wild in designing cool stuff! Think about all the great shows, movies, and books about sci-fi, and all the futuristic details that make this genre so fascinating.

Core Editor

The Core editor has many objects that you can use to build your sci-fi buildings.

  • Lighting can have a dramatic impact. Consider adding accent lighting to the interior and exterior of your buildings, as well as actual light sources such as light fixtures.

  • The 3D objects library includes sci-fi tilesets and objects.

  • The effects library and the materials library can be used to add futuristic effects.

  • The audio library can be used to add ambient or moving sounds.

  • Animation can be added using the pre-built Object Mover and Object Rotator game components. No scripting is required.

  • You may also get some ideas from Creating Magic With VFX.


  • Each building should be in a separate group so that other developers can easily drag individual buildings around.

  • Performance is very important for this project. Please follow best practices such as using Merged Models, using groups instead of folders, and keeping the object count reasonable.

  • Please review the content best practices.


  • Design a minimum of 5 buildings.

  • Only building exteriors are required.

  • This project should be submitted as a complete scene in which all the buildings are arranged in a sample setting.


If you have any questions, then please post them to this topic.


How To Apply

For instructions on how to apply, please visit the Application Form post.


Submitting Your Work

  • Your application acceptance message includes instructions on how to submit your work.
  • Entrants must submit their work by the deadline listed in the Challenge in order to be considered for payment.
  • Failure to submit your work on time may affect your eligibility for future Challenges.


More Information

For detailed information about the rules, judging criteria, and best practices please visit the Challenge Board Info & Rules post.