Quixel, the creator of the world’s largest photogrammetry asset library and bundled toolset, has joined the Epic Games
Quixel is based in Sweden Founded in 2011 over 100 employees across six countries worldwide are joining the Epic Games team. Quixel’s products include Megascans, an extensive library of 2D and 3D photogrammetry assets, supported by companion applications Bridge and Mixer.
“Building photorealistic 3D content is an expensive endeavor in game development and film production. By coming together with Quixel to make Megascans free for all use in Unreal Engine, this level of artistry is now available to everyone from triple-A studios to indies,” said Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney.
“Our mission at Quixel has always been to make the world more accessible for everyone through ultra-high resolution scanning. As part of Epic Games, we’re now able to accelerate this vision as we grow the Megascans library, speed up the development of Bridge and Mixer, and improve integrations with all major 3D software and renderers,” said Quixel Co-founder Teddy Bergsman.
As part of making the Quixel Megascans library of more than 10,000 assets free for all use with Unreal Engine, ten high-resolution packs have been shared today for free on the Unreal Engine Marketplace, as well as assets from the popular Iceland collection used in the “Rebirth” cinematic short. Additional asset packs will be made available for free on the Marketplace at a future date within the Unreal Engine 4.24 release timeframe.
Shown earlier this year at GDC 2019’s State of Unreal, Quixel revealed the Rebirth short film, created using Megascans and Unreal Engine 4, to demonstrate how a small team can create photorealistic visuals in real-time.
Since then, the Rebirth assets have been brought over into a virtual production demonstration to show in-camera VFX using Unreal Engine and LED wall displays in filmmaking, shown below in our behind-the-scenes video. These new technologies and techniques signal a transformation to the creative process, effectively taking the post out of post-production.
Bridge and Mixer 2020 will be 100% free for everyone
But that’s not all. Epic is helping us make the upcoming 2020 versions of Bridge and Mixer 100% free for everyone, with no subscription required and both fully featured. We are releasing these new free versions within a few weeks from now and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share with you the upcoming updates.
At last, Mixer 2020 now introduces 3D Painting, Real-time 3D Curvature, Smart Materials and much, much more.