As those of you who bought Instalod as early adopters know, there was a lengthy post (34 pages here: https://forums.unrealengine.com/unreal-engine/marketplace/70467-released-plug-in-instalod-automatic-lod-generation-for-static-and-skeletal-meshes/page32) about it here in this forum. As of today it seems gone, at least I get a “You don’t have permission to access this page” error.
I thought I bring you up to speed about my latest attempt to find out what the status of early adopters are. After all we paid about 80$ for a “perpetual license”. I post my email to them and their canned answer below. I don’t know what to make of this myself. My best guess is, as another poster on the other thread has suggested in less friendly words, that we’re out of luck. It sounds to me as if they are going to force us to buy into their new “Indie license” and InstaLod will stop working for the early adopters. Again this is just my guess from the lack of information they are willing to share with me.
Now, does anybody here have more info about the LOD stuff that Epic is rolling out in 4.19 and the future versions? I still don’t understand it fully since I never got into Simplygon due to the price. Will that new feature work for skeletal meshes as well? Currently I am using my Instalod to import lods of skeletal meshes for clothing and equipment and once that is done I wont need it on a daily basis for skeletal meshes but it is still a very convenient functionality that I would hate to give up. However, if Epic includes a similar function, I much rather use what Epic gives us.
I bought Instalod year ago or so when you were looking for adopters.
Since then your response in the Unreal forum has all but vanished so
that the understandiong of those posting there is, that we have been
screwed over and there will be no updates for us anymore.
I would like to ask you for a statement what the support level for us
will be in the future. I am aware that the current Instalod version
still works with UE 4.18 but what if there will be SDK changes that
require adjustments on your part? Will you supply us with updates and
how do we learn about those? Or are we indeed out of luck?
My name is Philipp and I am part of the BizDev team at InstaLOD. It’s nice to meet you!
It’s actually a very good timing to reaching out to us as we are close to releasing our new indie licensing model.
We have been working hard to bring the entire functionality and all integrations of InstaLOD to the indie community in the near future.
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