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An example of an avatar using R15

R15 is an avatar body and animation rig in Roblox, which has more joints than R6 and is able to bend. The model is named after the number of body parts it has (15 parts) instead of 6 (R6). The model was available to the public early in the form of a testing place. As the description of the experience says, all the current animations are temporary, and thus will most likely be changed in the future.

Implementing R15 and scaling into an experience

An example of the old interface for changing avatar scaling on the website

An example of the interface for changing avatar scaling while in studio

R15 is available for the public on Roblox. Previously, to enable R15, users would go to the Create page, click the Experiences tab, and configure the game with the body type enabled. To set R15 in your experience, open your published experience in Roblox Studio. From there, click on Game Settings and navigate to the Avatar tab.

Broken features

Currently, some accessories aren't offset correctly on the avatar. Not all gears work. Roblox is currently converting all of the accessories and gears to work with R15. However, with over 12,000 accessories currently in the avatar shop, it does not seem likely that every accessory will be optimized for use with R15.

History of R15

Date Change

August 2, 2016 (rumored)

When the catalog shut down, there was a rumor which said that the R15 body will come after the catalog returns. The rumor continued into the next day, as the old banner was replaced by a maintenance banner for a short time.
At the Roblox Developer Conference 2016 It was announced that the release date for R15 is in October 2016. Very realistic animations were shown. There were also shown some idle poses and how the character will look when using weapons.
August 19, 2016 The Game Avatar Type setting was enabled to all users. See this DevForum post for more information.
September 26, 2016 R15 became available to view on the avatar section. Users could now switch between R6 and R15. This feature was then in beta.
September 29, 2016 R15 was released to the public. See this blog post for more information.
October 12, 2016 New swimming animations were added. That means while swimming you will not see walking animations.
October 2016 (date unknown) Some R15 profile avatars now have a pose. This doesn't have an effect while holding most gear.
November 17, 2016 Scaling was added but only available for R15.
November 23, 2016 R15 is compatible for packages, and all item previews now use R15.
January 17, 2017 R15 Animation Packs Debuted with The Stylish, Robot, Superhero, Zombie and Levitation Packs.
March-June, 2017 Ninja, Knight, Mage, Pirate, Cartoony and Elder Animation Packs were released.
June 29, 2017 If you equip an idle animation, your avatar will display the pose on the website.
July/August 2017 The Toy and Bubbly Animation Packs were released.
October 2017 The Astronaut, Werewolf, and Vampire Animation Packs were released.
May 16, 2018 The default R15 rig was changed with shorter limbs for compatibility with the then-upcoming Rthro proportions.
May 30, 2018 New scaling options were added; 'Body Type' and 'Proportions'
October 22, 2018 Body Type was unlocked to 100% and R15 characters can now scale up to 100%,Prior to this,Body type limit was locked to 30%
July 2020 The Oldschool Animation Pack was released.

Avatar 2.0

On January 18, 2016, Roblox announced a feature called Avatar 2.0. It received mostly-negative reception. All the negative feedback caused Roblox to go back to the drawing board and make something else, later remaking Avatar 2.0 as R15.

Scaling

The Scaling feature was released on November 17, 2016. It allows users to scale their avatar's width and height. Experience-developers can set whether scaling is user choice or normal.

Enhanced Scaling

Roblox introduced two new sliders to the R15 scaling interface on May 30, 2018, with the attributes of Body Type and Proportions. These were subject to speculation as some users believed this was an indication of Rthro being released soon.

Unlocked Scaling

Roblox eventually unlocked the sliders with the introduction of Rthro,Previlously it was 30%,but it was unlocked to 100% in October 22,2018.

Criticism

Although some people liked the feature, many users did not respond well to R15 for a variety of reasons. A small portion of these users thought it would make Roblox harder to run on old systems, however; for most this was not much of a problem.

Many people felt that the stock animation was awkward, ugly, and did not suit Roblox well, hence the title, Roblox. Others feared that this was a step in the wrong direction for Roblox, and eventually it will only benefit developers. Many users took to the Forums to voice their complaints and rants. However, R15 was completely optional with the exception of experiences that are R15-only, although in the past few years most experiences have moved to R15-only mode. Plus there are different animation packs available in the catalog that can make this body type look more appealing for those who dislike the original animation.

Many people have complained that the gaps are too noticeable, or that they should be filled in. Or that it looks ugly with/without packages. The joints' disconnecting also seems to be a problem. Also, on May 16, 2018, Roblox updated the R15 default, but it stretched down the blends, so when you're moving around, the gap was very noticeable.

Since 2018, almost all criticism over R15 has died down.

Trivia

This section is a trivia section. Please relocate any relevant information into other sections of the article.

  • The names of the models (found in the fonts folder in Roblox files) are "characterR15.rbxm" and "characterR15_2.rbxm".
  • The introduction of R15 is also the first time Roblox avatars have had bendable limbs. In the past, they were only in staged, pre-rendered promotional adverts and in a handful of select experiences.
  • Some experiences allowed R15 when it wasn't released to everyone, the most notable one being Trade Hangout by Merely.
  • The default pre-Rthro R15 Walk, Run and Swim animations were replaced by Rthro Walk, Run and Swim animations some time after the release of Rthro; the reason is still unknown.
    • Some experiences, even today, still allow you to visit with the default pre-Rthro R15 Walk, Run and Swim animations, the most notable being Catalog Heaven, Murder Mystery 2, Work at a Pizza Place, and Gucci Garden.
    • You can get retrieve the pre-Rthro animations in Roblox Studio by visiting from within Studio and copying the LocalScript "Animate" from your character in the Workspace, then changing the animation IDs of the Walk, Run and Swim (the animation IDs are in the script). Finally, put the "Animate" script in StarterPlayer > StarterCharacterScripts.
  • R15 is the other option available besides R6 in the R6-R15 setting, and R15 has more animations than R6.

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