I don’t wish to point fingers at content packs or target anything in particular, but I have to vent my frustration on this matter.
I just purchased the Semi-Arid Environment pack that went on sale on Marketplace this week, only to be left massively disappointed - and to be honest, unwilling to buy any environment content from Marketplace until this issue is resolved. This is one of several packages on the Marketplace that DOESN’T specify whether it’s content is actually PBR ready or not. I feel as though this is a pretty big oversight on the Marketplaces part, since it means that the content has blatantly not been designed with this engine in mind - or the content creator isn’t experienced enough to work properly with PBR or the Engine.
Now admittedly, the pack doesn’t say that it IS PBR ready, and it was relatively cheap. However, it’s still a complete waste of money to me - because I now don’t have content that I can use properly with the engine or with the rest of my project. Instead it’s kind of bodged together. A large portion of the materials don’t even have Specular maps (the old workflow that STILL doesn’t work with the engine) - and instead just uses a different diffuse channel. The content in the pack is frankly (in my opinion), sub-par from what people should expect.
The thing that irks me is that I bought this from the Unreal Engine Marketplace, which means it should be fully compatible with the Unreal Engine. I don’t think this kind of content qualifies. If the content is on Marketplace and is supposed to have been ‘vetted’ by Epic Staff, I’d expect much higher quality than this.
Additionally, I know that there is a LOT of content on Marketplace that certainly isn’t PBR ready. From my understanding (and experience on some of the content), none of ManufacutraK4’s content is PBR either - which makes up a huge proportion of all environment assets available on Marketplace. When people are paying nearly $80+ for this kind of content, this should expect it to be designed for the Engine it’s supposed to be used with. They should at least be given a heads up before buying it, because otherwise the only way you’ll know is by either taking a stab at it and buying it, or trying to contact the creator.
While I’m here… how come we still don’t have region-based pricing on Marketplace too?
Sorry guys, I hate giving negative feedback more than anyone. I’m not fishing for a refund or anything like that, I just really want to see this change.