Want To Make Your Own Fighting Game? Now You Can.

By Eugene . December 3, 2013 . 2:36pm


Doujin publisher Playism have popped open the barrel on aspiring fighting game makers with EF-12, a completely free, no ads, no strings attached, 3D fighting game engine that’s completely moddable. Like other similar “Maker” games, you’re given free reign over pretty much every aspect of a fighting game—from fighters to stages to move sets. And it’s available for newbies, old hats and those not even interested in making a thing.



The big plus/downside is that this is both an entry and high-level sort of title—you don’t have to have any sort of programming knowledge, but you probably want to have some to eventually be able to tinker under the hood in more detail. 3D drawings and other such game industry skills can help, too, if you want to focus on those bits such as creating your own completely custom fighter. I mean, this game actually supports you doing wireframe 3D modeling outside it with Autodesk and importing it in!


That said, EF-12 does come with tutorials to help ease newbies into how to create their own content—which includes even changing the level layouts and setting dynamic time-of-day lighting effects. As should be obvious from such an open-source idea, the game allows players to share their characters, world creations and even specific rulesets and have others quickly and easily install it into their own version to try out. So even if you have no interest at all in ever getting your hands dirty, there’s something to look around and test.


If you are a good hand at this stuff though, there’s no harm in putting your works out there. After all, this guy got hired at Bungie for his work doing the massively cool Falskaar mod for Skyrim.


The game is currently on Steam’s Greenlight page, but if you want you can also grab it from Playism’s website here for a dollar (or you could be nice to creator Masahiro Onoguchi who helped make this dream come true and pay more).

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  • harmonyworld

    The new mugen??

    • John Diamond

      anything is better than mugen.

      • MUGEN is plagued by overpowered creations that can even put SNK bosses and their infamous syndrome to shame. Quite rare you’ll find authors who made balanced characters.

        • The onslaught wave of Silly Rare Akuma!

          • There’s also Rare Akuma, LOL.

          • John Diamond


          • LOL. I will admit I play MUGEN, but I steer clear from DLing those kinds of characters.

          • Seraph

            I’m actually a stagemaker for MUGEN. Any stage by Saiyajin Mui, is a stage I made.

          • Aaah, you too a contributor in Mugen Guild Forums?

          • Seraph

            That’s me.

          • Actually, that’s who I meant. Silly Rare Akuma.

          • InfectedAI

            Oh god, the statue, that’s hilarious!

          • Talk about an insane fight. o_O

          • Final Aura

            LOL XD the madness in that video

          • CartmanKusanagi

            The fact that he’s colored like The Joker makes him even more awesome.

          • fyi1191

            He covers everything.

          • Raoni Marques

            ROFL at that Akuma. Friggin cheapass

        • InfectedAI

          That was the fault of the people making the characters, not the engine.

  • John Diamond

    nude mods in 3…2…1…

    • They already happened before this game was announced. Remember, we can import any models into it. But the problem isn’t the nudes… It’s characters like “Kuromaru” and related.

      • ZnTxn

        Oh god, why did I search for Kuromaru in google images?

        • FlyingPony

          He got me as well… Interesting stuff…

    • Callonia

      Beaten me to it.

  • Have to wonder if you could also import model rips from games like Kingdom Hearts to this game. Heck, I’ve seen YT vids of Dissidia with Cloud re-skinned as Sora~!

  • This sounds cool. As someone who makes music, is there a way to program or input your own songs into the game you create as well?

    • If models are allowed, so can any type of music. You should go to the Greenlight page on steam and ask for the obvious there. Some of the PR who work with the EF-12 team will answer you.

  • Tonton Ramos

    Perhaps we can now put Megaman in a fighting game now…

    • Yup, ripping Trigger’s model in TvC, Zero’s and Megaman.EXE’s from that old PS2 Omnimusha SSMB-esque game and probably Classic Megaman’s from the upcoming SSMB game then importing it for this game would be a decent start.

  • hazelnut1112

    Can’t wait to see Omega Tom Hanks and Tiger Woods in 3D.
    This is gonna be glorious.

    • Aunna Terrell

      lol I agree.
      And I was waiting to see when someone was gonna mention the two of them. XD

  • Hyli

    Hey hey this is pretty cool! I’ll have to learn how to work with 3D models but I say its worth it.

  • Hiro Oozora

    COOL now I can make a .hack fighter with more than 8 character this time!

  • doubleO7

    Holy crap, this is like a dream come true! I’ve seriously fantasized about a fighting game maker before.

    Oh, the possibilities…

  • InfectedAI

    No strings attached? Can you make a standalone game and distribute it? How about for money?

    • Go to the Steam Greenlight page for this product and ask there. PR answers fast!

  • LBattle0819

    Wow, 3D mugen?!?, bout damn time. Can’t wait to get into this

  • thaKingRocka

    I’m going to make a game that limits combos to three hits.

  • Final Aura

    Reminds me of the good old days of fighter maker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dwfMkCg36U

  • All I can do is 3D art, lol. This is a perfect toy for me >:D

  • Hector Velar

    OH WOW, lots of potential here people… I hope that creativity burst from here and that fighting game companies (capcom, Namco/Bandai, ect…) will take note from what people can bring in to the genre. I love Mugen, and was a great engine, I see some people here dissing it because over powered characters, but that was your choice to download them (you have thousands of not over powered characters), Mugen was awesome(and still is!). This could be too, I can see community of creators making backgrounds and characters people can download.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    3D Mugen………… about time

  • Hinataharem

    now I can make sequels to all the fighters that Capcom stopped continuing

  • Jean Alcantara

    I’ve got a feeling…

  • Raoni Marques

    I can see great things coming out of this.

  • Göran Isacson

    A 3D fighter program that lets everyone design their own games, provided they know how to code and do graphics? I foresee grand things here. Fan-made sequels to stuff like Rival Schools, anyone? 2D beat-em-ups redone in 3D? Brand new things? So many possibilities…

  • Crimson_Cloud

    This can turn into something glorius if it falls into capable hands.

  • Josh Weatherford

    By the way guys, EF-12 was included in the batch of greenlit titles today! So we are well on our way to a 3D Omega Tom Hanks future.

  • *_* Awesome.

  • Hunts Rattata

    I wonder if there’ll be Steam Workshop support for people to share created characters and stages?

  • Jacob Baxter

    Could I try it on my PC (on the left)?

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