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    Currently testing UE4.23 with the current Cloudscape Seasons 1.2d release to mark it as compatible, while we are still working to fix the issues for the new 1.5 release among all engine releases, which we have mostly fixed and changed some features that required us to retest them all over. It is expected also some time for the Marketplace team to make it available because I will ask for a complete review on the asset, since it uses some Epic material for the demo maps, there are lots of new assets which I am providing the source files (Blender files, FBX files and Photoshop files) and the C++ code which I have used to generate some procedural textures (Blue Noise in different flavors and resolutions) and the reference materials used to make the new features (where that happened) which will all be included in a text file.
    Nilson Lima
    Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
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      Cloudscape Seasons is marked as compatible with UE4.23. Keep in mind that Realtime Raytracing is still in Beta and with features missing, mainly the ability to show reflections of translucent materials which is key in relation for our asset to work properly. I have made a video showing to Epic the issues I got so far (with release 1.2d) and there you guys can understand what I am talking about. Epic is looking into it, but don't rely on your future projects to be dependent on Realtime Raytracing for all features, but right now in the current engine state, you can have amazing AO and shadows, which in raster mode there are several issues (ie shadow acne to name one), therefore there are plenty of benefits already.

      This is the video:
      Nilson Lima
      Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
      Join us at Discord: https://discord.gg/uFFSEXY

      UE4 Marketplace: Cloudscape Seasons
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        release 1.5 progress:

        - 4.17: new features OK, optimizations OK
        - 4.18: new features OK, optimizations OK
        - 4.19: new features OK, optimizations 3/4 OK
        - 4.20: new features 10/10 OK, optimizations 3/4 OK
        - 4.21: new features 10/10 OK, optimizations 3/4 OK
        - 4.22: new features 9/10 OK, optimizations 2/4 OK
        - 4.23: new features 9/10 OK, optimizations 2/4 OK

        We are getting there, it is just too work on debugging so many different versions from source to understand why something works on previous releases and not on currently ones. Meanwhile the ending result which I didn't show yet in any video, will be far superior and I am sure everyone will enjoy the visual and performance. Don't forget to join our Discord server where news get there a bit earlier sometimes.
        Nilson Lima
        Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
        Join us at Discord: https://discord.gg/uFFSEXY

        UE4 Marketplace: Cloudscape Seasons
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          release 1.5 progress:

          - 4.17: new features OK, optimizations OK
          - 4.18: new features OK, optimizations OK
          - 4.19: new features OK, optimizations 4/4 OK
          - 4.20: new features 10/10 OK, optimizations 4/4 OK
          - 4.21: new features 10/10 OK, optimizations 4/4 OK
          - 4.22: new features 9/10 OK, optimizations 2/4 OK
          - 4.23: new features 9/10 OK, optimizations 2/4 OK

          I am already working on all the video tutorials, since it seems the new features will not change the operation while they are getting fixed among the latest UE4 releases. Don't forget to join our Discord server, currently with 300+ people registered and where news get there a bit earlier sometimes.
          Nilson Lima
          Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
          Join us at Discord: https://discord.gg/uFFSEXY

          UE4 Marketplace: Cloudscape Seasons
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            The update for release 1.5 will cover all current engine releases (4.17 up to 4.23), the next planned update will be release 2.0 and with that some few changes:

            - new cloud models needs features present only in latest engine releases (in this case volume textures which started in 4.21)
            - all particle systems for rain and snow effects will change from Cascade to Niagara (Cascade will be kept in the package)
            - terrain in the demo maps will use virtual texturing (started in 4.23)
            - blueprint widgets to help setup and check missing parameters (started in 4.22 the way we like it most)

            These changes and therefore the release 2.0 will start at the release for UE4.24.
            Nilson Lima
            Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
            Join us at Discord: https://discord.gg/uFFSEXY

            UE4 Marketplace: Cloudscape Seasons
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              While still wrapping up the videos and demo maps changes to improve the visual for the new features, we are working in parallel in Cloudscape Seasons 2, which will be a free update to the package for all owners and it will include hot features:

              - Improved effects for night sky
              - Improved Sun effects
              - The cloud coverage area will jump from 400Km2 (20 x 20Km) to 1600Km2 (40 x 40Km). We are studying if 80Km x 80Km is possible aswel... it has to be power of 2 unfortunately.
              - Clouds with 8 times more details will be possible

              I hope to bring some pictures and videos soon!

              Nilson Lima
              Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
              Join us at Discord: https://discord.gg/uFFSEXY

              UE4 Marketplace: Cloudscape Seasons
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