Epic Games has teamed up with Cesium to enable 3D geospatial technology in games using the Unreal Engine.
Cesium will be available for free to all creators on the Unreal Engine Marketplace. It is an open source plugin for the engine that unlocks global 3D data and geospatial technology. This means that gamers who use it will be able to detect the placement of a player in a given 3D room in real time using real-world 3D content captured from cameras, sensors, drones and smart machines.
Marc Petit, general manager of Unreal Engine at Epic Games, said in a statement that Cesium’s expertise in cloud-based geospatial software and emphasis on open standards for streaming huge amounts of 3D content fit with Epic̵
Cesium for Unreal enables developers to integrate globally high-resolution 3D content in the form of photogrammetry, terrain, images and 3D building data into their applications. Immersive geospatial applications require massive high-resolution real-world content to create a photorealistic experience for the user. This data can easily get into many terabyte storage. Cesium uses the 3D Tiles spatial index to optimize the user experience by loading only content that is most important to the user experience.
Using 3D geospatial technology in real-world environments – from immersive experiences in artist-created scenes to those based on 3D content in their exact geospatial location – represents a shift in industries, including training and simulation; architecture, engineering and construction (AEC); car and transportation; film and television; broadcasting and live events; and games.
The plugin is the first step towards a future where immersive, global-scale 3D applications with precise precision are ubiquitous across industries.
It includes Cesium ion integration for optional commercial access to curated 3D content such as global terrain, 3D buildings, photogrammetry and satellite imagery, and software to convert high-resolution custom 3D data to streamable 3D tiles.
Meanwhile, Epic Games also launched Twinmotion 2021.1, a developer tool that enables them to create, develop and present real-time visuals, from the first concept to advanced photorealistic experiences.
With the addition of the seamless bridge to the Unreal Engine, the divisible Presenter Cloud and thousands of high-quality assets through the new Quixel Megascans integration, Twinmotion 2021.1 opens up new storytelling capabilities for all creators, Epic said.
Twinmotion has a simple interface that allows architects, designers and students to create high-quality 3D images even without having to outsource the work to visualization specialists. Users can easily import their existing building models from most BIM and CAD applications – including Archicad, Revit, SketchUp Pro, RIKCAD and Rhino – into Twinmotion, and quickly recharge them using the software’s sophisticated capabilities, resulting in pixel perfect visualizations that can be created and edited in minutes rather than days.
Twinmotion 2021.1 is available at a 25% discount rate of $ 370 (regional rates may vary) for a perpetual license – Offer ends April 1, 2021. This introductory price includes all subsequent upgrade releases until the end of December 2021. There is also a free trial period alternative for those who want to evaluate the new features before they buy, and a free educational version for students and teachers.
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