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Terrain materials suggestion + grass

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I've seen some topics around talking about grass, but I wanted to mainly give some feedback about landscape and I hope devs will take it better than in other cases ..
 

Right now the landscape/terrain doesn't look that interesting , I noticed it's mostly just 1 layer especially in the older levels.

Since You have 20 developers and some budget I take it that there is someone responsible for the art side of the game :)
I imagine performance plays a big role and it's propably best to avoid using more layers/texture samples that are not really needed, but it would be nice to either rework base materials or just put in some macro texture to break down the dull surface.

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As visible above , the terrain materials are pretty dull together , cliff material isn't too good either.

About the grass it looks like they don't have proper vertex normals (will help with grass blending, won't stand out that much) and it's not just colour issue (just a guess). You can also make use of material instances for the grass colour with close to no performance impact and have them matching the terrain with more control.

 

My overall suggestion is , it would be nice to have terrain materials reworked , make use of PBR and power of material editor within UE4.

Give substance designer a try, it will allow you to make quick procedural PBR materials  :) 

Also good work and congratulations on making a working base game , I am really looking forward to updates.

I hope someone will read it.

 

Regards, Michal


 

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Yup all that will be getting re worked, most likely when they hit beta and have finished all the other game essentials. I read they were playing around with megascans ans some other terrain tiles. It will be toggled in graphics menu so low end machinescan turn it off. 

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I don't know what any of OP's gobbledygook nerd stuff meant but yeah, you can't have deep green grass growing straight out of grey dust

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Here's some of the new maps they're working on.

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AM_UE4_vol4_Screenshot_01-1920x1080-46c2Store_ForestCollection_screenshot_01-1920x1080-a23b2c2a95bf676ca2526efcc130beff.pngStore_ForestCollection_screenshot_04-192store_HousingPack_screenshot_05-1920x108store_HousingPack_screenshot_01-1920x1080-493e008af95ecccc171d21dbe95e705b.pngstore_LowPolyForest_screenshot_03-1920x1080-a24675a2bd51c38e641f3dd8dc2bc15f.pngstore_LowPolyForest_screenshot_05-1920x1080-59c44b308920e933ac6f798de7a7dce6.pngStore_WinterNature_screenshot_06-1920x1080-57c9a6fc3c6ffaf0d59f68a3cfe62c4a.png

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Just kidding. I wish.

 

 

 

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Here's some of the new maps they're working on.

Store_AridMountains_screenshot_2-1920x1080-d3c8567169e1071b14ba8c9d69d75ce1.png

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AM_UE4_vol4_Screenshot_03-1920x1080-30d8ab6be8daaaf42c0057db06cd89d0.png

AM_UE4_vol4_Screenshot_01-1920x1080-46c252b46e82d55e647ed87d24b8ff5b.pngStore_ForestCollection_screenshot_01-1920x1080-a23b2c2a95bf676ca2526efcc130beff.pngStore_ForestCollection_screenshot_04-1920x1080-1f6b518c7c8473926be16fefba2b2ca2.pngstore_HousingPack_screenshot_05-1920x1080-2460e6941454ba65433ec0627ae4221b.pngstore_HousingPack_screenshot_01-1920x1080-493e008af95ecccc171d21dbe95e705b.pngstore_LowPolyForest_screenshot_03-1920x1080-a24675a2bd51c38e641f3dd8dc2bc15f.pngstore_LowPolyForest_screenshot_05-1920x1080-59c44b308920e933ac6f798de7a7dce6.pngStore_WinterNature_screenshot_06-1920x1080-57c9a6fc3c6ffaf0d59f68a3cfe62c4a.png

Store_WinterNature_screenshot_05-1920x1080-9668a3ebfcb97c517cd1585596a6f186.png

Just kidding. I wish.

 

 

 


Ooooh shit you got me with that one... bummerrrr

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Fern , out of curiosity where did you find the first winter image ? it looks like one of my very old scenes and it has some weird logo on it , I would really like to know the source :)
EDIT:  Whatever, I found it and it just looked very similar .

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On 12/4/2016 at 6:39 PM, Fern said:

Here's some of the new maps they're working on.

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Just kidding. I wish.



a lot of those are extremely possible though, especially the top desert ones.   all they'd have to do is re-do the terrain/mountain textures

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Yep all we need is some base material rework for the landscapes , easy to replace without remaking anything :)
To be honest some of the BF2 landscapes are more detailed , but I won't judge a lot since it's early access.

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