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4. September 2019

MagicaVoxel, the cross platform completely free voxel editing application, just released a new version, 0.99.4 (and  The release is focused heavily on adding new rendering functionality.

Details of the release(s):

  • Renderer []
    • Sky->IBL: Image Based Lighting. use ".hdr" format panorama images to light the scene.
    • Fog: add Equi-angular sampling back to reduce noises. support fogs in othogonal views in a bounding volume.
    • Media: enable Sample->TR-Shadow to allow single direct lighting; enable Sample->MIS-Cloud to allow multiple direct lighting (very expensive).
    • Color all color options have their own color pickers which support HSV, RGB, H-Block and Hex values.
    • Palette Menu right click the palette view to show the pop-up menu.
  • Renderer [0.99.4]
    • Matter->Cloud: Media material which supports multiple scattering inside volume.
    • Sample->MIS-GGX: Multiple Importance Sampling (MIS) for GGX surfaces (Metal/Plastic/Glass) for better reflection.
    • Sample->TR-Shadow: Tranlsucent Shadow which allows light passing though glass and cloud voxels. Only Glass->Attenuation can affect the light color.
    • can adjust Bounce->Diffuse/Specular/Scatter path depths separately.
    • can assign glass/cloud materials to sphere/cylinder shape voxels (for experiments only).
    • the renderer pipeline is refactored, which needs more time to improve, optimize and fix bugs.
    • some features such as fog scattering requires more researches.
    • frame drops and noises are expected.

MagicaVoxel is available here.  For the basics on getting started with MagicaVoxel check out our earlier video available here.  If you are looking for an alternative Voxel editing application check out our list available here.

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3. September 2019

Announced a few months back at SIGRAPH, Maxon have finally released Cinema 4D Release 21.  Perhaps the biggest and most contraversial new feature of this release is the change to a single SKU, combined with a new subscription based licensing model.

Details of the announcement from Maxon:

Maxon, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering solutions, today announced the availability of Cinema 4D Release 21 (R21). The next generation of the professional 3D application features a completely new Caps and Bevel system, new Field Force dynamics, interface speed enhancements, and numerous rendering, workflow and core performance improvements. With Release 21, Maxon initiates a new singular version of Cinema 4D and new low-cost subscription pricing plans to ensure easy access to creatives.

“Release 21 delivers innovations and efficiencies that extend our objective to help customers meet the shifting needs of the competitive content creation industry,” said Maxon CEO Dave McGavran. “Simplified access to Cinema 4D and low-entry pricing allow artists to focus less on budget and more on the creative process.”

You can learn more about Cinema4D r21 here with the full release notes available here.  Check out the video below to learn more about the new purchasing options and subscriptions available.

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2. September 2019

Humble Bundle have just released another bundle of interest to game developers, the Humble Book Bundle: Become a Game Developer.  The title is slightly misleading as the majority of content are actually video courses and tutorials, although there are also half a dozen current Unity books from Packt in the bundle.  As always, the bundle is split into tiers.  Buying a higher tier also nets you all the contents from lower value tiers.

Bundle tiers:

1$ Tier

  • Unity 2018 Artificial Intelligence Cookbook **
  • Hands-On Game Development with Unity 2018.1
  • Mobile Game Development with Unity 3D 2019
  • Game Design with Unity 2019

8$ Tier

  • Unity Artificial Intelligence Programming **
  • Practical Unity Game Development
  • Hands-On Augmented Reality with ARCore and Unity
  • Introduction to Unity
  • Skeletons vs Zombies MOBA With Multiplayer in Unity
  • Beginner and Advanced Lighting in Unity
  • Cinematics and Animation in Unity

15$ Tier

  • Unity Virtual Reality Projects **
  • Unity 2018 Shaders and Effects Cookbook **
  • Unity 2018 Cookbook **
  • Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 2019 **
  • Master ARCore 1.3 Unity SDK
  • Create an Image Target Based AR Experience Using Unity 3D and Vuforia 7
  • Create Augmented Reality Apps using Vuforia 7 in Unity
  • Create a Game Environment with Blender and Unity

Items marked with ** are books, all other items are videos.  You can decide how your money is allocated, between Humble, the publisher, charity or if you choose to support GameFromScratch (thanks!!!) using this link.  You can learn more about this bundle in the video below.

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1. September 2019

Every month Epic Games release several free assets on the Unreal Engine marketplace and this September is no exception.  Keep in mind you need to “purchase” the assets during the month of September for free then you can keep them forever.  Additionally Epic make a couple free assets available forever each month.

September Free Assets

Free Forever Assets

You can learn more about the asset giveaway on the Unreal Engine blog or by watching the video below.

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29. August 2019

Crytek have just released CryEngine 5.6 featuring over 1000 changes and improvements including several developers for the game Hunt Showdown.  There are a number of new features in this release including new project management features directly in the Sandbox editor, a new AI Behavior Tree tool, area lights, ragdoll physics and ADX2 support.  Details of the release from the CryEngine blog:

This major release packs in over 1,000 changes and includes production-proven features which have been used to deliver Hunt: Showdown. The entire team here at Crytek would like to thank the entire CRYENGINE community for all the feedback and suggestions that have helped shaped the direction of development. This engine is for you, and we couldn’t have done this without you.

CRYENGINE 5.6 is designed to put more power in your hands and make game creation quicker and easier. We’re sure you’ll agree that it marks a big step forward for the engine. As you know, work doesn’t stop, and we’re already looking at the roadmap for CRYENGINE 5.7. Make sure you keep your thoughts and feedback coming as it really does make a difference.

The full release notes are available here, additionally Crytek have released a short video trailer showcasing the new features available here.  You can learn more about this release in the video embedded below.

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