Townscaper DIY islands are already more toy than game. But thanks to an experimental version launched earlier this week, people have begun to turn their coastal villages into totally charming table ornaments.
Reaching the beta branch of the game on Steam, Townscaper will now allow you to export your creations as .obj 3D models. Naturally, this means that people have started printing in 3D in their own cities, and just a day after the update was released, they are already showing promise.
Reprinted and it came out much nicer. pic.twitter.com/f1NTXeflnkAugust 25, 2021
The export reveals some of the shortcuts used to create the delicious Townscaper shelters. The windows are pulled out from their respective buildings, while the stairs are just shapeless stains. But small details like seagulls, potted plants and benches still work well and with a little work you can print something appropriately delicious.
Very happy with my little #townscaper town printed in 3D. I love the @OskSta export feature. pic.twitter.com/aHSznrDJlMAugust 25, 2021
They’re adorable things, aren’t they? And while the export process can steal models from the game’s vibrant villages, I’m excited to see who will be the first to take out the paintings and color one of these dioramas. While I don’t have a 3D printer, I also had fun bringing my exported cities to old Unity projects with an impressive effect.
With the export process now opening up a lot of Townscaper basics, this week’s update also added a small step towards moddability. Now you can mess with the textures of the game, which will allow you to paint the villages with new styles, although developer Oskar Stålberg finds it easier to say than to do.
"I guess now the game is modifiable (in the most liberal use of the word)", Stålberg he tweeted. "Good luck discovering my weird UVs and rendering to create your own architectural style."