How to Make Isometric 3D Sprites – Room, Character, Animation

Isometric game sprites are usually produced by rendering of 3D scene or 3D model. As result you are getting a 2D image of original model with all the lighting and shadows baked-in. Which is giving a three-dimensional look.

This allows even low profile devices to use super complex and detailed artwork.

The only downside of that approach is fixed camera angle and high RAM usage in case of big amount of animations.

Some of the most-known isometric games are: Fallout, Sim city, Diablo, Age of Empires, Cossacks etc.

Pre-Rendered Isometric 3D Sprite Room Interior

RetroStyle Games Team are crackerjacks (savvy) in Isometric Sprites due to enormous experience of rendering 2D objects into 3D models.

Below we described shortly our workflow in creating Isometric objects for Room Interior.

The benchmarks of the pipeline are the following:

  • a concept of an asset, room interior or game object;
  • 3D modeling and clay rendering;
  • textures and materials;
  • final rendering with layers;
  • Overpaint aimed at 3D object refining.
How to Isometric 3D Model Room Interior Clay Render

Tile-based rendering.

Due to the restrained physical memory on mobile operating system, Android and IOs RAM is regarded as a very valuable resource. Considering this, reduction of RAM allocated by a mobile app is strictly necessary.

Tile-based rendering allows to cut down the amount of memory and bandwidth, as an image (walls, floor, other duplicated objects) is split into tiles by an optical grid, that are later set in texture atlas.

Each tile is rendered separately.

Typically, isometric tiles are represented as blocks, that can be sorted in different combinations generating a range of objects. It is just necessary to bear in mind that tiles are stitched seamlessly.

How to Isometric 3D Tiles Grid Size Walls Floor

When it comes to creating an awesome piece of artwork, possessing the right 3D modeling software becomes a core issue. The most popular packages are 3dsmax, Maya, Blender, Cinema 4D, Zbrush.

As for the top rendering programs it is worth mentioning Vray, Corona, Arnold, Octane, etc.

Pre-Rendered Isometric 3D Sprite Room Interior Textures

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Next video displays main steps for creation of Isometric world.

Isometric game sprite is a 2-dimensional bitmap, which produces 3-dimensional effect. Some facets of the environment, which are not visible from a side view or top-down perspective, are revealed due to the angled viewpoint.

The only downside of that approach is fixed camera angle and high RAM usage in case of big amount of animations.

How to Pre-rendered Isometric 3D Sprite Female Character

Sprite sheets animation has a bulk of advantages: excellent performance due to reduction of draw-call amount, rapid loading, one texture for all data and possibility to render many objects within a single draw-call.

In the video below you can see a great example of animated game sprites.

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