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When Vikings Attack! Character Design Contest

When Vikings Attack

Neil McPhillips's Avatar Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 // Associate Producer, XDev

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! 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 PS3 and PS Vita.


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


Don’t feel like 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. 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 SCEA have volunteered to share their designs:

KCheng_WVA_WandaSKapitula_WVA_ChesterFrom the mind of Sharon Kapitula of the Product Marketing team comes Chester. Upon losing his life’s fortune on a bad Keno bet in Vegas, Chester has returned to the sleepy isle of Great Britain to rebuild his life and rekindle an old flame with his enigmatic ex, Wanda—but who knows how his life and relationship will fare When Vikings Attack!

From Kristina Cheng and the Marketing team’s imagination is Wanda. Having had her heart broken by the smooth operator known as Chester, she has fallen into a life of endless partying and a generally unpleasant demeanor. Perhaps the hardships of the Viking attack will teach her the true virtues of life?!

EFong_WVA_AlEFong_WVA_SpikeEric Fong of Santa Monica Studio brings us Al and Spike. Al is your typical middle-aged mustachioed local sporting goods store owner. Spike, on the other hand, is a seasoned warrior who’s been preparing for the zombie/alien apocalypse. What Spike didn’t expect was the Great Viking Horde, and he’s extremely angry he didn’t see it coming.

Rob Guarino of the Promotions team turns the tables on the Vikings by drawing one of their very own—or so it appears. Actually, at the time of the Viking invasion, Olga had just left the local opera house after obtaining a standing ovation for her starring role in the live performance of “The Ride of the Valkyries.” Talk about being in the right outfit at the wrong time!

Here we have the ultimate recluse, Tom, by Mike Pulst, ISD Producer. Ever-hydrated with his sippy hat and equipped with his trusty three-wolf moon shirt and tighty-whities, his Viking invasion battle strategy is to avoid it entirely from the comfort of his mother’s basement.

On August 9th, the guys at Clever Beans will be reviewing the entries and picking the best one, which will go on to battle the Viking hordes later this year when the game launches. The winner will also receive a brand new PS Vita console and a voucher code for the game. 10 runners up will receive a voucher code for the game.

So don’t delay, head over to the contest page and get drawing!

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28 Comments   5 Replies


+ Major_Hoare on July 19th, 2012 at 7:43 am said:

Why only ONE lucky gamer?!? Why not a handful of lucky gamers!! Games can always use more variety of NPCs.


+ DarkOne_PR on July 19th, 2012 at 7:49 am said:

Can Puerto Rico participate in this for at least once…..?


+ Tremulan777 on July 19th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

Puerto Rico is consider us territory, you should be able to. Borricua :) as well


+ Thwip on July 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

“Sorry, This contest is not open in your region.” :(


+ iiONyKz-_MaQuIrO on July 19th, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

COOOL Stuff!
cannot wait for this game!
Intill then I want apps
eBuddy app***!
Watch espn app**!
Google Voice app*!
Gmail app!
and improvements


+ DrApollo on July 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am said:

Is it one character submission? Male or Female? Or is it one of each?

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    + Neil McPhillips on July 19th, 2012 at 10:30 am said:

    Once character, gender of your choice.


+ SNORLAXex on July 19th, 2012 at 11:22 am said:

Any contest is a plus in my book dood. Seems pretty straightforward as well.


+ Shadowbhiemes on July 19th, 2012 at 11:36 am said:

I’m definitely entering. I feel like I’ve got a shot at winning.


+ Shadowbhiemes on July 19th, 2012 at 11:50 am said:

I have a question about the terms:

“Designs of living animals or weapons will be rejected.”

I’m confused- does this mean the character I submit can’t be an animal, however cartoonish-looking?

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    + Neil McPhillips on July 20th, 2012 at 12:07 am said:

    It has to be within the templates provided so it has to be a humanoid… like a guy in an animal costume or some kind of hybrid :)


+ JONNOk on July 19th, 2012 at 2:15 pm said:

Im from canada, can I still submit a drawing for consideration regardless of the contest?


+ carrillo40 on July 19th, 2012 at 5:31 pm said:

almost ready to submit!!


+ carrillo40 on July 19th, 2012 at 5:51 pm said:

finally done !!! and my design is submited!! worked really hard, hope you liked it.

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    + Neil McPhillips on July 20th, 2012 at 12:08 am said:

    Can’t wait to see it!


+ Thirty3Three on July 20th, 2012 at 12:16 am said:

Hey Neil! I couldn’t do the template thing, I drew it though and submitted it! I have a feeling you all are REALLY going to like it! I just pray it’s not too complicated for you all. Also, it has a short back-story, if that’s alright.

I really pray I can win something for once in my life! I truly enjoy drawing and I’d love to see my creation in the game, even if it has to be altered at all :)
I’d feel very special for once!

Also, I didn’t do the template thing, as stated, however I did draw them to pretty much the same scale that you’d like them to be in and from the front view and from the other view of the second part of the template. I hope this is alright as I’d already submitted!

I’m sure you will like mine :)
As my parents tell me, I’m a clever one ;) I have a very interesting imagination!


+ jawekarl on July 20th, 2012 at 5:31 am said:

Im from Philippines:’) is it possible that i can participate also? I want to try my luck!


+ itzhammatiem on July 20th, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

out of curiosity. can anyone participating in this contest design viking-based-characters?. i don’t see anything in the rules that says no,

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    + Neil McPhillips on July 23rd, 2012 at 1:41 am said:

    Like a Viking who has joined the other side? Have at it :)


+ tr3yjord4n on July 21st, 2012 at 6:46 am said:

I spent 2-3 hours drawing my Character only to find out that Canadians couldn’t enter the contest, Why can’t we join in on the fun? We’re neighbours!


+ D-Squad3 on July 21st, 2012 at 12:46 pm said:

Whatever happened to the Sly Cooper Treasure Design Contest?!!


+ D-Squad3 on July 21st, 2012 at 12:51 pm said:

And thank you for making this contest, please don’t forget about it because it seems like a lot of contests that are held here on the blog are left forgotten even after the deadline has passed.


+ D-Squad3 on July 21st, 2012 at 2:05 pm said:

What if for some chance, we were making a character that’s already in the game?

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    + Neil McPhillips on July 23rd, 2012 at 1:41 am said:

    If it’s better than ours then we would replace it I guess.


+ LtWarmSoda on July 22nd, 2012 at 6:05 pm said:



+ D-Squad3 on July 23rd, 2012 at 3:35 am said:

Hmm the contest ends on the 9th of August but the rules say that submissions must be in by August 2nd, I don’t get it.


+ neoprime33 on July 24th, 2012 at 5:57 pm said:

Submitted my entry (Spelyer)! So excited; best of luck to everyone! I’m hoping for the grand prize, but, top ten would be awesome too! :)


+ wuzzerWillabee on July 29th, 2012 at 12:32 pm said:

Submission complete! Thank you for running this contest and good luck to everyone who enters!


+ chelsae_marie on July 30th, 2012 at 1:52 pm said:

I’m not very good at drawing, but can they be created on the computer, using the paint tool.?


+ mehungry123 on July 30th, 2012 at 4:13 pm said:

If we win the 3g ps vita do we have to pay monthly?


+ Sandrampage on August 1st, 2012 at 3:19 am said:

Would this mean the character is not meant to be holding anything?


+ mehungry123 on August 9th, 2012 at 7:09 pm said:

Did the results come out yet?


+ PwnYo0 on August 12th, 2012 at 2:09 am said:

So, I read that Clever Bean is having the same contest for Asian territories (which includes Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand) as well. On the Asia Playstation Blog, it states that the winners will be announced near the end of this month. So I guess we know when to expect the announcement of the winners.

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