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27. September 2018


Today Google announced the release of ARCore 1.5 as well as Sceneform, a real time 3D framework with a physically based renderer for Android.  The 1.5 release comes with runtime support for loading glTF models, the ability to ID individual point cloud points, and a newly open source UX library in Sceneform.  In addition to the Android release, there are builds of ARCore 1.5 for Unity and Unreal Engine developers as well.

Details from the Google developer blog:

Today, we're releasing updates to ARCore, Google's platform for building augmented reality experiences, and to Sceneform, the 3D rendering library for building AR applications on Android. These updates include algorithm improvements that will let your apps consume less memory and CPU usage during longer sessions. They also include new functionality that give you more flexibility over content management.

Here's what we added:

    • Supporting runtime glTF loading in Sceneform
    • Publishing the Sceneform UX Library's source code
    • Adding point cloud IDs to ARCore
    • New devices (plus Chrome OS in the form of Chromebook Tab 10)

You can download the source for Sceneform here on Github, the code is released under the Apache 2.0 source license.  Unity developers can click here, while Unreal Engine developers should click here.

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26. September 2018


Today at Oculus Connect 5, Oculus announced the upcoming Oculus Quest headset.  What makes this headset special is it is full 6 degree of freedom tracking, without base stations while being completely wireless.  It slots into the lineup between the cheaper but less capable Oculus Go, and the more expensive but wired Oculus Rift, which requires a full desktop PC to function.

Details of the Oculus Quest from the Oculus blog:

We’re excited to usher in the next era of VR gaming with the introduction of Oculus Quest, our first all-in-one VR gaming system. Oculus Quest will launch in Spring 2019 for $399 USD. Offering six degrees of freedom and Touch controllers, Oculus Quest makes it easy to jump right into the action—with no PC, no wires, and no external sensors. We have over 50 titles lined up for launch, with even more in the works including some of your favorite Rift games like Robo Recall, The Climb, and Moss.

Oculus Insight
We also unveiled Oculus Insight, our breakthrough technology that powers inside-out tracking, Guardian, and Touch controller tracking. This innovative system uses four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensors. Insight gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale. And we’ve brought over Guardian to help keep you safer while in VR. It’s easy to setup and experience whenever you want.

The Best VR Games Deserve the Best VR Controllers
With the same buttons, thumbsticks, and sensors that have defined VR gaming, our intuitive Touch controllers bring your real hands into VR and let you easily and naturally interact with the world around you. By shipping Oculus Quest with Touch, everything developers have learned about game design for Rift applies to Oculus Quest. Now you can enjoy the best that VR gaming has to offer, starting at $399 USD for a 64GB headset—with the convenience and portability of all-in-one VR.

Quality Meets Comfort
Oculus Quest includes the same best-of-class optics as Oculus Go with a display resolution of 1600x1440 per eye, while incorporating a lens spacing adjustment to help maximize visual comfort. And we’ve improved our built-in audio, so you get high-quality, immersive sound with even deeper bass.

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25. September 2018


Back in March of this year, Epic announced a $12 million dollar asset giveaway of their now defunct game Paragon.  This included several characters and world creation assets from the game, in Unreal Engine format, complete with rig, control blueprints, multiple animations and more.  These are free for use as long as you are using them in an Unreal Engine powered project.  Today Epic announced the final release of assets from the game, a final 19 fully rigged and textured characters.

Details from the Unreal Engine blog:

This final round follows two previous releases in March and August through which developers can download Paragon packs to use in their own UE4 projects with no strings attached. To date, Epic has released more than $17 million worth of content from its high-end multiplayer online battle arena game, including dozens of characters with their custom animation Blueprints, visual effects and audio dialogue, along with environment set pieces and sample maps.


This final selection of free releases includes 19 memorable Paragon Heroes: Aurora, Drongo, Gideon, Greystone, Iggy & Scorch, Kallari, Lt. Belica, Morigesh, Narbash, Revenant,  Sparrow, Steel, Sun-Wukong, Terra, The Fey, Wraith, Yin, Zinx and Boris - the previously unreleased character who was the final Paragon Hero to be announced. In addition, several previously unreleased bonus skins are also included.

You can view the assets in the Unreal Engine store right here.  For details on how to use the assets, be sure to watch the following video:

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24. September 2018


Defold is a free 2D Lua powered game engine made by King.  If you are interested in learning more about the Defold game engine, be sure to check out our existing Defold Tutorial Series, and stay tuned for our upcoming Defold Crash Course, currently available in preview form for Patreons.  The 1.2.137 release includes a new angular velocity mode for particle systems, new build options and the removal of Linux and OSX 32 bit version.


Full details from the release:

Engine

  • DEF-1593 - Added: New particle orientation mode for angular velocity.
  • DEF-2477 - Added: Engine build variants - debug, release and headless in Bob and Editor bundle dialogue
  • DEF-3487 - Changed: Removed 32 bit Linux+OSX engines from bob.jar.
  • DEF-3496 - Fixed: Missing iPad Pro 10.5" launch images.
  • DEF-3047 - Fixed: Log spam on Android 8+ devices related to CPU profiler.
  • DEF-3494 - Fixed: http.request() failed under certain conditions.
  • DEF-3456 - Fixed: Cloned spine nodes were not getting correct skin and animation.
  • DEF-1966 - Fixed: Collection proxies did not handle input consumption correctly.
  • DEF-3489 - Fixed: X11 context initialization for the Linux engine.
  • DEF-2929 - Fixed: on_input in GUI was missing accelerometer fields.
  • DEF-3464 - Fixed: Bug with stored notifications were not received on Android.
  • DEF-3479 - Fixed: Added API check before attempting to login with Facebook.

Editor

  • DEFEDIT-1420 - Changed: Long-running tasks such as bundling, building and saving are now performed on a background thread.
  • DEFEDIT-1420 - Fixed: The editor will no longer overwrite external changes when saving if it has not detected them.
  • DEFEDIT-1420 - Fixed: Broken library URLs are now reported correctly when bundling or building for HTML5.
  • DEFEDIT-1420 - Fixed: Sometimes the progress bar could disappear, leaving only the percentage-label visible.
  • DEFEDIT-1427 - Fixed: The Property and Outline panels could stop redrawing while a Particle FX or animation was playing.
  • DEFEDIT-1430 - Changed: Visibility Filters now have separate toggles for components inside or outside of GUI scenes.
  • DEFEDIT-1432 - Fixed: Improved progress reporting in several areas.
  • DEFEDIT-1437 - Fixed: Fixed occasional “File Not Found” errors when returning to the editor after switching branches.
  • DEFEDIT-1439 - Fixed: Updated autocomplete definitions for the Code Editor.
  • DEFEDIT-1440 - Fixed: Bundling a project with native extensions reported Ready too early.

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20. September 2018


Crytek have just released CryEngine 5.5.  CryEngine continues to get more developer friendly with new documentation, a Unity developer migration guide, improved C# support, a new beginner sample and more.  Addition the engine has gotten rendering, terrain and plugin improvements, as well as usability improvements in the sandbox editor.  Please note that licensing and royalties have changed with the 5.5 release, so be sure to read the updated licensing terms before choosing CryEngine for your game.


A summary of the major improvements from the 5.5 release:

  • SVOGI Improvements: SVOGI, the feature which allows developers to create scenes with realistic ambient tonality, now includes a major advancement with SVO Ray-traced Shadows offering an alternative to using cached shadow maps in scenes.
  • Documentation Overhaul: As requested by the community, redesigned and updated documentation arrives for designers, artists, programmers, and anyone who uses the Sandbox Editor. Veterans and newcomers alike will be able to quickly find what they need.
  • Flappy Boid: Flappy Boid is a fun, accessible, and now comprehensive onboarding course enabling users to learn core game development concepts while building a finished game.
  • Sandbox UI/UX Changes: The Sandbox Editor improves workflow, performance, and optimization, making the development process quicker and easier.
  • Terrain Object Blending: Users can mark Entities with a Mesh Component to become a part of the terrain mesh, empowering more realism, especially with snow and sand scenes.
  • Updated Entity Components: Multiple new and legacy Components come to the new Entity System, including the porting of legacy rain and water ripple Entities and a new VR Camera and Interaction Component to get users up and running with their VR project quickly.
  • C# Upgrades: C# assets can be created directly inside of the Asset Browser and functions may be exposed to Schematyc for use inside of Entity Components. C# users will now be able to debug through Visual Studio via a new extension.
  • Terrain System Improvements: Blend multiple materials and use a new displacement option in the sculpting tools for even more realistic terrain.
  • Game Platform Plugins: A new Game Platform plugin allows for easy access to common distribution platforms and data transfer protocols, including Steamworks and PSN APIs.
  • CRYENGINE Versions and Full Editor Source Code: Users can submit pull requests, access the full Sandbox Editor source code, and get preview releases via GitHub. Preview releases will also continue to be made available via the CRYENGINE Launcher.
  • Unity Migration Guide: Unity Engine users can transfer their skills and content to CRYENGINE quickly and easily with our easy-to-use migration guide.
  • New Sandbox Level File Format: This feature brings the ability to place level files anywhere within the project directory, and allows for dynamic population.
  • Automated Packaging and Backing Up: Non-coders can simply share and release CRYENGINE content with new package build functionality within the CrySelect interface. A new Backup Project tool makes backing up projects simple.

This release contains over 1000 fixes, tweaks and improvements.  If you are interested in reading the full release notes they are available here.

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