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    #61
    It will delay for a week thou, Im sorry but something came up that will need urgent attention from me regarding all the activies being done, just for you guys to understand, in case anyone havent reading the Marketplace forums about copyright, check this: https://forums.unrealengine.com/unre...tected-content

    The asset is fine, no issues with it, but I have other works at the Studio that need just to stop to be rethinked... main reason for the delay.
    Nilson Lima
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      #62
      Version 1.2 is under test and I hope to release it before the HowTo's video series in few days. This is what is planned for it:

      - new cloud types complementing the ones from original package, just material instances (v.1.2 - Jan 2018)
      - add blinking effect at stars and some movement (v.1.2 - Jan 2018)
      - new map containing an animated environment showing not only day and night cycles, but also cloud shape and coverage evolution (v.1.2 - Jan 2018)
      - adding simple circular trajectoty to the Sun and Moon (you set the angle from the sun position as a curve) as a secondary option using just the time of the day from the calendar (v.1.2 - Jan 2018)
      - adding two new modes for the calendar, that overrides the current time displacement based on longitude and latitude, as the time passes, you can set how much time is for daylight, nightlight, day to night transition and vice-versa, also a mode based on event, so this way you can send a command to start changing from day to night and vice-versa, giving you the ability to control this event during gameplay and/or cinematic in an easy fassion - (v.1.3 - Feb 2018) - we are anticipating this one.
      - fixes over last submission:
      a) moon not projecting cloud shadows - found Jan 10th 2018;
      b) layer 1 mask texture default value missing - found Jan 9th 2018;
      c) not possible to change the Z axis for the blueprint BP_CloudscapeViewer - found Dec 27th 2017;
      d) moon is transparent and you can see the stars through it - found Jan 16th 2018;
      e) a workaround to make the clouds be rendered on top of other transparencies setting Render After DOF to false is not needed anymore.

      The fourth item basically you can tell how the system will behave, creating cloudscape states, interpolating between them, telling how long the states and the transitions are. This enable a control similar of that offered by TrueSky, with advantages that the states are reusable, you can model the cloudscape behavior covering any timespan you want: from a minute to a year. Just stay tunned, that I will release a video prior submission.
      Last edited by NilsonLima; 02-13-2018, 05:28 PM.
      Nilson Lima
      Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
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        #63
        Wow, that sounds like it's going to be incredible!

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          #64
          Also fixing over last submission:

          a) moon not projecting cloud shadows - found Jan 10th 2018;
          b) layer 1 mask texture default value missing - found Jan 9th 2018;
          c) not possible to change the Z axis for the blueprint BP_CloudscapeViewer - found Dec 27th 2017;
          d) moon is transparent and you can see the stars through it - found Jan 16th 2018;
          e) a workaround to make the clouds be rendered on top of other transparencies setting Render After DOF to false is not needed anymore.
          Last edited by NilsonLima; 02-13-2018, 05:29 PM.
          Nilson Lima
          Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
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            #65
            On your roadmap I don't see anything about the ability to add multiple suns/moons and/or planets orbits.. I'd like to be able to add planets created with a planet generator ... if you added support to add multiple orbits for those.. like even having 2 suns and 3 moons and a couple of planets at different distances, some looking huge other smaller in the sky and moving at different speeds.
            I see that ability to set how many hours a day is made of is set to happen in June 2018 .. I hope it will get implemented sooner... I need some planets having days of more than 24 hours here on Earth for the game I am developing.
            Last edited by DarkS474; 01-12-2018, 04:52 PM.

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              #66
              I didnt put the ability to put multiple suns/moons in the roadmap because it increases complexity a lot. I put it in the howto series because people want to know how, so I will guide the implementation in the video. The point on controlling the orbits individually is not that difficult, since the function to calculate the orbits are inside the BP_TheMoon and BP_TheSun, these blueprints can have different functions to calculate the orbits and be used setting the instances accordingly.

              The complexity resides in the main raymarch material and the main blueprint, already expensives, where it will need to add more parameters to handle the additional directional lights and the ability to use the combination of each contributing light (like when two or more different suns are present in the sky) to the scattering effect at the clouds... it might also happen that too many suns may cause almost no shadowing at the cloud body reducing a lot the quality, since the overall beauty comes just for the shadowing part. The sky sphere material and its blueprint will also need to receive changes, thou quite easy.

              As we can have a duplicate material just for this experiment, following the videos to add simultaneously another sun + moon is quite enough for the audience create their own material and be able to add more in the future using it as reference.

              Overall, the roadmap is already filled with neat stuff and Id like to have a complete system before moving to specific implementations and in this case probably replicating more blueprints.



              Nilson Lima
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                #67
                I am working against the clock to see if I could update the package on the Multiplayer support for the version 1.2 this January, thou Im not that much expert on this (doing a course with this topic) we have ourselves needing this for our game and two other customers that would like to have it aswell. Lets see if this goes well or if QA will dismiss it.

                Actually the version 1.2 is scheduled to be submitted to MP at January 17th, we got both versions (with and without multiplayer) in test, the deadline is this for now.
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                  #68
                  This is the integration of Cloudscape Seasons with NeOcean asset from Jonathan Light:and here the ocean set with translucency:

                  Be sure to check the video little details in order to have them work together!

                  PS: Videos removed due to NeOcean infriging Copyright and being removed from MP.
                  Last edited by NilsonLima; 01-29-2018, 02:46 PM.
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                    #69
                    It's so beautiful!

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                      #70
                      Originally posted by Aumaan Anubis View Post
                      It's so beautiful!
                      Hi there. Just for you to know, I didn't forget you. We are a lot busy fixing some issues in the new version that we "need" to release with multiplayer enabled and also the new feature that we are calling "Timeline Orchestrator" where you will be able to show during a set amount of time (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years - you can rescale the time, so one year can be fit in 1 hour if you want, or a day in 10 min) different cloudscape states, that will be automatically blended in a smooth way and with duration also customizable, to create fully dynamic cloud evolution, from clean sky to shallow clouds that can evolve to cloudy states up to storms, and all these states can be triggered by events if you want to, or stay pre-programmed by functions. We still are doing everything in blueprints, not a single plug-in for this!

                      But besides releasing this new version, we will also release new documentation, some written with pictures, videos with audio, include them also into the HowTo video series, so it is quite a lot of work, but it needs to be done now, before the product becomes too complex and people will start to think it is too hard to use. All this in preparation for the other new features that will smash anything else in the market: storms with lightning strikes (all volumetric) and tornadoes that can go as high as it is visually possible. A new postprocess for rain will be included, with different rain stages to fit the specific scene needs.
                      Nilson Lima
                      Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
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                        #71
                        Confirmed that Cloudscape Seasons works fine with the translucency mode for NeOcean (now set correctly) like in the video showing both 3rd person and Flight Modes (flying above clouds and under water too):

                        PS: Video removed due to NeOcean infriging Copyright and being removed from MP.
                        Last edited by NilsonLima; 01-29-2018, 02:47 PM.
                        Nilson Lima
                        Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
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                          #72
                          Tests with UE 4.19 preview 2 revels the asset will be already compatible! You can try it right now!

                          PS: already tested with preview 3 and works!
                          PS again: already tested with preview 4 and works!
                          Last edited by NilsonLima; 02-07-2018, 05:29 PM.
                          Nilson Lima
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                            #73
                            Finished testing with Network replication and it will be part of the version 1.2 to be submitted in few days. Now just trying to finish the tests with the new feature "Timeline Orchestrator" . Hope to get it as part fo the update even that this means delay for few more days into February.

                            This video show the clouds perfectly sinchronizing when the client (2nd process executed) connects to the hosting game machine (1st process executed):
                            Last edited by NilsonLima; 02-07-2018, 02:07 PM.
                            Nilson Lima
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                              #74
                              We had a fix candidate for the issue with blueprint nativization, but it is not working in 4.19 so we prefere to not include it now and study a bit more why such difference. Tests of other features keep going.
                              Nilson Lima
                              Technical Director @ Rigel Studios Ltda - twitter: @RigelStudios
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                                #75
                                Version 1.2 almost there for submission. While the testing is being concluded, we are rewriting the demo maps for a more pleasant experience, with a new demo executable coming after and finally the so awaited HowTo's video series.

                                Just a glimpse of the new Cumulus material setup:

                                Last edited by NilsonLima; 02-07-2018, 05:30 PM.
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