Creating a tutorial for CryEngine / Unreal / World Machine

blazespinnakerblazespinnaker Posts: 235
edited December 2015 in Omni SDK
As I've been accepted into the Pathfinder program (yay!) one of the things I want to do is create a tutorial / and shared project in cryengine that we can use to create places to go jogging.

For example, I think it'd be really great to go into a terrain created in CryEngine (or Unreal) and change a path that goes along a beach to turn and go into a forest where I've added a stream. Once I've done that, I'd jump into the omni and put on an HMD and go for a jog. I could even generate the jogging path so it doesn't twist up the cables constantly. Add some weather systems and it'll look great. I've found some pretty easy to follow tutorials for this sort of thing.

Here's a guy who has some really cool tutorials on the web:

What engine preferences do people have for something like this? Preferably something with a good asset library I can re-use and nice weather systems.


  • sutekiBsutekiB Posts: 1,069
    Congratulations @blazespinnaker! That's great to hear. I would love to jog through some virtual trails, and look forward to seeing where you go with it. I'm sure there will be some fun variations on virtual jogging like 'chase the badger'.

    ^ He decided to go around this person, haha.
    Community Manager at Virtuix
  • Congratulations. One of the things I'm going to try is jogging through games and see how different it is than real jogging. By the way, are you the person getting the first Omni this week or are Pathfinders kept in the dark about when their getting thier's? Thanks.
  • xxann5xxann5 Posts: 593
    Congrats @blazespinnaker !
  • KellCam_VirtuixKellCam_Virtuix Posts: 210
    edited December 2015
    @blazespinnaker That is a fantastic idea. I'd love to see this in action.

    Edit: I talked to our dev team about this. They suggest Unity or Unreal if you're new to game development. They also said that Unreal has some great nature assets that can be bought for cheap. Unreal also includes an open world map pack for free that has some great assets for creating a forest scene.

    You can also pick up some tips for developing for the Omni from @Omni_Dev_Cameron in his forum post here:

    @sutekiB I've been hoping someone would incorporate the popular sport of "badger chasing" in VR :smile:
  • blazespinnakerblazespinnaker Posts: 235
    edited December 2015
    Here's a very quick stab at a jogging app with Unity 3D: Can't wait to jog in it with the Omni.

    Note that I've never used 3d engine before and these are all free assets (plus free version of world-machine - everything was free) so all a bit amateurish at the moment. Hopefully over time this tutorial will all get more polished as I find time to add more. Also, please ask questions as that will help let me gauge the level of interest and also make sure I get the right information in the tutorial.

    For anyone who wants to try this at home here's what I used

    world machine:

    World-Machine -> Unity 3D

    Grass / Trees:

    For the Player controller

    Note that I found learning how to fly around the scene while developing very useful. Using right click and then awsdqe keys to do a fly through was very handy to know, especially as I was adding assets like trees / crash / painting the path texture / etc. <- Memorize this stuff. It's very useful.
  • I put the unity project here: If you try this, let me know if I got all the necessary files into Github.
  • blazespinnakerblazespinnaker Posts: 235
    edited December 2015
    Here you go, the original exe didn't have the data dir. Apparently you can't edit previous posts. That'll be a pain as things go out of date.
  • I tried Unreal as per the suggestion above, however while I am sure the quality and power is better, I just found it a little too buggy on trying to do basic things, given the same time investment. With some struggling I'm sure I could over come them but I think I'll work with Unity for now.
  • @blazespinnaker That sounds good. From the tutorials you posted it looks like Unity can definitely achieve what you are going for.
  • @blazespinnaker I checked out your jogging prototype in Unity (with KB/mouse), looks great! Thanks for sharing!
  • blazespinnakerblazespinnaker Posts: 235
    edited December 2015
    Here's a more journeyman effort:

    Need to extend the jogging path out beyond the village, though.

    Music courtesy of JukeDeck
  • blazespinnakerblazespinnaker Posts: 235
    edited December 2015
    For anyone working in Unity and wanting to create a jogging path, this is a really great free asset:!/content/987 Just don't render the road texture and set the width to 1 or so (before you Process the terrain road markers!) if you want a simple jogging path.

    I splurged on Gaia (currently $35 / 50% off, but sometimes these things stay that way forever) as it's a really nice and fast way to generate terrain. Relief Terrain Pack looks pretty nice too.
  • blazespinnakerblazespinnaker Posts: 235
    edited December 2015
    Played around a little bit this morning for fun. Here's the result:

    I now have targets to shoot with a bow while you're jogging and a path around the whole island. I'll add score / more sound / particle effects soon. Should improve the rendering a lot to, just need to get a handle on these shaders. Music is a bit more cheery :)

    Right now the bow is static in one direction, but the goal is to do this with touch (should be trivial add at this point once I get some touch controllers, come on vive dev kit!)

    I think this will be a really good demo of the omni because your hands are busy with bow + arrow and can't be using a controller for movement. Attach a touch controller to a toy bow and it'll feel great in my hands. Even better would be to have a hook on the vive touch controllers that pulls on the string and releases when I fire.

    One thing I realized that I really need disconnect between head and feet. I find I have to keep turning and shooting at the targets which messes with my forward movement. I think it's important to be able to continue to run forward and look to the left.right and see where I'm aiming my hands with the touch controllers.
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