Congratulations to our Partners at Quixel as Epic games welcomes them into the family.
What is Quixel?
Quixel is the leading company for photogrammetry assets and currently holds the largest library of 2D and 3D assets. Over the past decade Quixel has been dedicated to capturing the world and bringing it right to your finger tips through their Megascans and Bridge software. Quixels photorealistic work can be seen on the virtual sets of blockbusters like The Jungle Book, Black Panther and The Lion King. Quixel also offers a material and texture editing app called Mixer which enables artists with fully customisable materials and textures.
As part of the Epic Games family, Quixel is now providing all Unreal Engine users access to the Megascan library for free. Quixel released 10 high-resolution asset packs on the Unreal Engine market place, these packs include the collection assets from the popular rebirth cinematic. Unreal and Quixel plan to release even more assets with the Unreal Engine 4.24 update.
“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.
It’s not only Unreal users that benefit from this either, Quixel also slashed Megascan prices for all users regardless of their preferred engine. These price slashes are all possible due to Epics generous backing, allowing artist to download double the content than before.
During 2020 Quixel and Epic hope to make Bridge and Mixer free for all. Both the softwares are set to receive major updates. Bridge is going to become a more visual and enjoyable process with the addition of smart filters and visual searches. Bridge will also use AI to find the perfect assets for your project, Bridge will have the ability to analyse an image (real or concept) and provide you with relevant assets.
Mixer will also be updated to provide 3D Painting, Real-time 3D Curvature and Smart Materials as heavily requested. 3D Blur, Grouping, Map-specific Blending, Advanced AO Mixing, Box Projection, Material ID Masking, 3D Position Gradients and 3D Normals will also come to the texturing app. Quixel and Epic push Mixer into becoming a teetering and material app which allows the creation of Smart Materials, 3D paint meshes, and create tile-able surfaces all in one place.