Donya Labs AB has announced they are finally releasing Simplygon for free to the Unreal Engine community.
Starting today, Simplygon is said to be available as a free up-front license with a small royalty when a developer ships a successful game. Simplygon is also available from $400/month for small to medium-sized non-game companies.
If you are new to the party, Simplygon is a platform that lets you automatically optimize 3D content such as meshes and textures for different purposes with no or minimal manual labor. You can use Simplygon to create LOD chains, reduce draw calls, combine several high-res meshes into one cheaper mesh, optimize a scene for certain viewing angles, remove invisible geometry and so much more.
Simplygon, in addition to other great possibilities, is a great way to increase the performance of VR title. You can easily optimize your 3D content to get your game to run well on any target platforms.
Starting today, UE4 ships with a Simplygon standard integration, meaning it is easier than ever to get started. Essentially, Simplygon will automagically be enabled inside the editor once you’ve got it installed. All you have to do is sign up on our website or grab the plugin from the Marketplace. This standard integration works out of the box and contains all the major components of Simplygon such as static mesh reduction, skeletal mesh reduction and the unique re-meshing and re-texturing features for HLOD. Should you require even more advanced functionality, you can download the advanced integration from Simplygon.com.
You can find out more about Simplygon on the official website.