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Epic Games acquires Quixel with its enormous library of 3D and 2D assets

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Epic Games have reached down the back of the sofa and pulled up enough loose change to acquire Quixel.

For those not familiar, Quixel are responsible for some seriously high quality 3D and 2D assets and they're pretty well-known for their "Megascans" collection. These super-high quality assets are used in plenty of AAA games, films and more. Some of what they've made is truly impressive too and Quixel have well over ten thousand assets people can use with a huge assortment of items.

Since they're now owned by Epic, their library of assets are being made completely free to Unreal Engine users. Ten of these high-res packs have already been made free on the Unreal Engine Marketplace, with more coming in future. However, they're not stopping developers using them elsewhere and for those who are, the subscription prices have been lowered and the resolution cap was removed.

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Prepare to see plenty more realistic/high quality assets in games after this…

Not just that, Quixel's other products like Bridge (supports Linux) which allows you to manage and integrate your assets, and Mixer which allows artist to edit assets will be free to use now too regardless of how you're using them and no subscription needed.

See the full details in the blog post on the Quixel site.

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Tim 13 November 2019 at 3:26 am UTC
4:28 on video:
Spoiler, click me
de_dust2
never been so... So amazing.
TheRiddick 13 November 2019 at 3:57 am UTC
The Chinese market should really push to get their citizens all moving to Linux and off windows machines for PC gaming, this would motivate EPIC Games to at least support Linux on their store platform and maybe encourage more Linux gamers over to the open-source side of life. (well mostly).
Purple Library Guy 13 November 2019 at 4:11 am UTC
TheRiddickThe Chinese market should really push to get their citizens all moving to Linux and off windows machines for PC gaming, this would motivate EPIC Games to at least support Linux on their store platform and maybe encourage more Linux gamers over to the open-source side of life. (well mostly).
I used to think that would happen. I used to think the Chinese government would want to start moving to Linux to stop the Americans from spying on them via Windows back doors. I have gradually come to the conclusion that the Chinese government by now probably has their own deal with MS, and they mind the Americans spying on their people less than they mind the prospect of Linux making it harder for the Chinese government themselves to spy on their people. So the Chinese will move towards Linux only if the China-US tensions get a lot harsher.
Betcha the Chinese armed forces use a lot of Linux, though.
TheRiddick 13 November 2019 at 5:19 am UTC
I don't think that's a issue dude, the chinese government is already making it mandatory to have citizens install spyware to use the internet, they can bring that to linux, without the app (isp authentication with app), no internet.

And it does not need to be open-source,. Dystopian society preserved!


Last edited by TheRiddick on 13 November 2019 at 5:20 am UTC
Power-Metal-Games 13 November 2019 at 10:44 am UTC
To someone who uses UE4 every day these comments sound funny at best but completely out of reality. They should do this, should do that... Why? To make YOU happy?
These textures are useful. They can speed you up. Although if you are already using Substance Painter, for example, you really don't need something more. However, 3d models that I checked are not very useful. It's not possible to use them in games. They are rather for movies etc.
Appelsin 13 November 2019 at 10:50 am UTC
grigiSo... this is Epic using their Tencent's money to, er, skew the market? (...)

FTFY.


Last edited by Appelsin on 13 November 2019 at 10:51 am UTC
Appelsin 13 November 2019 at 10:59 am UTC
Purple Library Guy
TheRiddickThe Chinese market should really push to get their citizens all moving to Linux and off windows machines for PC gaming, this would motivate EPIC Games to at least support Linux on their store platform and maybe encourage more Linux gamers over to the open-source side of life. (well mostly).
I used to think that would happen. I used to think the Chinese government would want to start moving to Linux to stop the Americans from spying on them via Windows back doors. I have gradually come to the conclusion that the Chinese government by now probably has their own deal with MS, and they mind the Americans spying on their people less than they mind the prospect of Linux making it harder for the Chinese government themselves to spy on their people. So the Chinese will move towards Linux only if the China-US tensions get a lot harsher.
Betcha the Chinese armed forces use a lot of Linux, though.

It would have to become a lot lot harsher, seeing how most American companies are wasting no time giving the Chinese exactly what they ask for, be it in terms of access to customer data or "failing to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone e-sports moment".

Also, Microsoft as already laid down the groundwork for a spyware-based OS ;) They'd likely be as hessitant about giving that to the Chinese gov't as Google, Disney, Apple and NBA, if it means access to that market.


Last edited by Appelsin on 13 November 2019 at 11:00 am UTC
Patola 13 November 2019 at 11:24 am UTC
Nice. With this number of high quality graphic assets I can only hope that the percentage of pixel graphics games finally starts decreasing.
Jaromir 13 November 2019 at 11:46 am UTC
I actually think this is bad news for Linux. These textures are valuable, they look very modern and impressive, making developers use even more Unreal Engine. But please do not forget that Tim Sweeney is an nvidia fan, and that the proprietary mentality of nvidia can be added to Linux, but is not really desirable as a core Linux technology. Furthermore, it is also striking how much Tim Sweeney neglects Linux. Even the minimal things like making anti-cheat work on Linux have still not happened for Fortnite. So the CEO of Epic Games is not a person who supports Linux. First, Epic Games makes no effort to make their games work on Linux. And second, they do everything to optimize UE4 for nvidia more than for AMD. Although nvidia is a less logical choice for Linux users.

So I don't want to see this company grow. There are other engines that are just as good or better than UE4.
javasabr 13 November 2019 at 12:54 pm UTC
JaromirI actually think this is bad news for Linux. These textures are valuable, they look very modern and impressive, making developers use even more Unreal Engine. But please do not forget that Tim Sweeney is an nvidia fan, and that the proprietary mentality of nvidia can be added to Linux, but is not really desirable as a core Linux technology. Furthermore, it is also striking how much Tim Sweeney neglects Linux. Even the minimal things like making anti-cheat work on Linux have still not happened for Fortnite. So the CEO of Epic Games is not a person who supports Linux. First, Epic Games makes no effort to make their games work on Linux. And second, they do everything to optimize UE4 for nvidia more than for AMD. Although nvidia is a less logical choice for Linux users.

So I don't want to see this company grow. There are other engines that are just as good or better than UE4.

I use NVIDIA on linux many years, everything is good with games for me, I don't understand why AMD is better option.
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