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3. July 2020

Flax Engine, an in development closed beta game engine, we first covered in August of 2018, just announced the release of version 0.7 beta.  This is one of the final closed beta releases as the close in on a full 1.0 release and there are some major new features available.

Details from the Flax Engine blog:

Today we have published a new Flax 0.7 update! This version is the second Beta release! We plan to release the final 1.0 version soon.

The newest Beta version makes another great step towards AAA-ready engine with lots of tasty features such as C++ Scripting, PlayStation 4 and Xbox Scarlett support, Gameplay Globals, and shaders hot-reloading.

In this post, we will review the newest update highlights and focus on the most interesting parts. To see detailed information visit the official release notes.

You can learn more about Flax Engine in the video below.

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29. June 2020

The open source cross platform C++ powered game engine Wicked Engine, just got raytracing and path tracing support for both DX12 and Vulkan renderers.  Available as both a low level framework for building your own game engine, or as a fully capable engine on it’s own, Wicked Engine boosts the following features:

  • DirectX 11, DirectX 12 & Vulkan renderers
  • Image rendering,animation : 2D,3D space
  • Font rendering (True Type)
  • Networking (UDP)
  • meshes,objects,armatures,animation,materials,lights,hit-spheres,wind,world info,dynamic cameras,ribbon trails,particle systems
  • 3D mesh rendering
  • Skeletal animation
  • Physically based materials
  • Animated texturing
  • Normal mapping
  • Displacement mapping
  • Parallax occlusion mapping
  • Real time planar reflections
  • Cube map reflections (static and real time)
  • Refractions (screen space, blurred)
  • Interactive Water
  • Gaussian Blur
  • Bloom
  • Edge outline
  • Motion Blur
  • Lens Flare
  • Light shafts
  • Bokeh Depth of Field
  • Chromatic aberration
  • Multithreaded rendering
  • Tessellation (silhouette smoothing, displacement mapping)
  • GPU-based particles (emit from point, mesh, animated mesh)
  • Soft particles
  • Hair particle systems (grass/vegetation)
  • Instanced rendering
  • MSAA (Forward rendering only)
  • FXAA
  • TAA (Temporal Antialiasing)
  • Supersampling
  • Deferred shading
  • Directional lights + cascaded shadow maps
  • Spotlights + shadow maps
  • Point lights + shadow cubemaps
  • Soft shadows (PCF)
  • BULLET Physics: rigid body, soft body
  • 3D Audio (Xaudio2)
  • Input: keyboard, mouse, controller (rawinput, xinput), touch
  • Controller feedback (vibration, LED)
  • Backlog: log,input,scripting
  • Gamma correct, HDR rendering
  • Resource Manager
  • Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO, HBAO, MSAO)
  • Screen Space Reflections
  • Skin shader (Subsurface scattering)
  • Stencil layering
  • Deferred decals
  • Forward decals
  • Color Grading
  • Sharpen filter
  • Eye adaption
  • Lua Scripting
  • Dynamic environment mapping
  • Impostor system
  • Tiled forward (Forward+) rendering (+2.5D culling)
  • Tiled deferred rendering
  • Occlusion culling with GPU queries
  • Texture atlas packing
  • Tiled decals
  • Area lights: Sphere, Disc, Rectangle, Tube
  • Frame Profiler
  • Voxel Global Illumination
  • Huge draw distance support with reversed Z-buffer
  • Force Fields GPU simulation
  • Particle - Depth Buffer collisions
  • Ocean simulation (FFT)
  • Translucent shadows
  • Refraction caustics
  • Local parallax-corrected environment maps
  • Volumetric light scattering
  • Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Fluid Simulation
  • Ray tracing, path tracing (on GPU)
  • Entity-Component System (Data oriented design)
  • Lightmap baking (with GPU path tracing)
  • Job system
  • Inverse Kinematics
  • Springs
  • Terrain Rendering (material blending)

Wicked Engine is open source under the MIT license is and is available here on GitHub.  You can learn more about Wicked Engine in the video below.

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26. June 2020

The NeoAxis Engine just released the source code, although it’s technically not “open source” according to OSI compliant licenses.  You can now access the source code on GitHub.

Here is the license:

  • 1. When publishing your product, you must add "Made with NeoAxis Engine (" with the product information and in its credits.
  • 2. You can distribute the NeoAxis editor with your product. When you do it the window title of the editor must be:

    "Your project name - NeoAxis Engine 2020.3 (".

    Or if you made engine modification:

    "Your project name - Modified version of NeoAxis Engine 2020.3 ("

    This can be done by changing the value of the ModifiedVersionOfNeoAxisEngine field in the Sources\Engine\NeoAxis.Core\Utility\EngineInfo.cs file.

  • 3. You can distribute the source code of the NeoAxis Engine. In the case of publishing any part of the modified source code, for example, by means of creating a fork or other distribution method, you automatically become the contributor of the NeoAxis Engine. This means that the NeoAxis Group Ltd reserves the right to use your modified source code at its discretion, for example, to improve the original version of the NeoAxis Engine. Copyright for modified code is saved to you.

To me that certainly sounds like something an existing OSI license should cover.  You can learn more about NeoAxis making the source available in the video below.

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18. June 2020

Today we are looking at the game engine/framework combo WebGLStudio, an entirely browser based game engine with a complete visual editor.

Key features of WebGLStudio include:

  • A full 3D graphics engine (LiteScene.js) that supports multiple lights, shadowmaps, realtime reflections, custom materials, postFX, skinning, animation, and much more.
  • An easily extended, component-based system for controlling the rendering pipeline and interaction event hooks
  • An easy to use, what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) editor that provides a single interface for all coding, graph compositing and timeline features.
  • A graph editor for controlling behaviours, shaders and post-processing effects, using LiteGraph.js.
  • Supports the LiteFileSystem.js, a virtual file system that allows drag-and-drop storage of resources on the web, with configurable quotas, users and shared folders.
  • Export and share your work by sending a single link.

The entire technology stack behind WebGLStudio is open source under the MIT license and available on GitHub.  You can learn more about WebGLStudio in the video below.

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22. May 2020

ezEngine is an open source 3D game engine with a complete editor written in C++ using the Qt framework.  It is hosted on GitHub and available under the MIT source license.

Details of the ezEngine:

ezEngine is an open source C++ game engine in active development. It is currently mainly developed on Windows, and higher level functionality such as rendering and the tools are only available there, but the core libraries are also available for other platforms such as Mac and Linux.

ez is built in a modular way, enabling users to either use all available functionality, or to pick and choose individual features and build the rest yourself. Larger features are implemented through engine and editor plugins and can therefore be easily removed or replaced. For instance sound (Fmod), physics (PhysX) and particle effects are all provided through runtime plugins.

The ezEditor is a full blown editor used for editing scenes and importing and authoring assets.

ezEngine documentation is available here, while Windows binaries are available for download here.  You can learn more about ezEngine in action in the video below.

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