S2 ENGINE HD is a complete general-purpose software kit for developing and running videogames and virtual-reality applications, specifically dedicated to PC indie developers. Its simplicity lets indies turn on their computers and create amazing visuals in minutes just as if they were professionals.
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Release Date: Apr 8, 2016

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March 27

S2ENGINE HD 1.4.6 B8 PREVIEW #5

Hi to all,

This is the last preview before releasing B8 update: All improvements planned have been implemented :).

The last improvements have been focused on the terrain and materials painting system

New layer blending
Material layer blending shaders have been re-written by taking into account layers heightmap (stored into alpha channel). This makes the transition from a layer to another more realistic, as showed into the following animated gif:


Decals painting
Now decals can be painted in the same way you can paint on "standard" objects. Decal alpha transparency is stored into the layer mask alpha channel. Decal layers (also alpha channel) are blended in the same way as other object materials:


Up to 132 Terrain Layers
Finally terrain layers have been increased from 4 to 132!!
This is possible because now every terrain tile can have more than one material assigned (1 base material, just as before, plus up to 32 detail materials) to it, and every material, as usual, can have up to 4 layers for a total of 132 layers.

For every material, terrain tiles are re-drawed, unlucky this could be potentially heavy for GPU and GPU drivers (imagine to draw the terrain up to 32 times...).
So as an optimization the system has been designed to automatically compute the materials that a tile must have by checking if the tile covers a part of the material mask that isn't empty. In this way the tiles are drawed only if it is necessary, so speeding-up the rendering.
In addition the detail materials are skipped at a certain distance.

The terrain material editing also has been simplyfied and merged with the material editor. In this way you can easily edit terrain materials as they are standard materials: creating masks, editing layers and properties.

The following are some screenshots of a scene used for testing (the player character is taken directly from the easy game pack :)).



Other
There are a lot of other minor improvements like
- Custom material masks,
- Custom input map loading,
- Terrain base material new parameters like min/max slope, min/max height and slope/height fallofs
- Immediate asset search in browsers
- Many other crash fixes

WHEN WILL IT BE RELEASED?
B8 version is planned for the next monday.

Fingers crossed :)
Stay tuned ;)

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March 16

VC++ 2015 REDIST

Hi guys,

some users experienced problems in starting the engine. We have discovered that the problem was due to the lack of Visual C++ 2015 redist package.

Now I've just included it into the installation.

Stay tuned

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IMPORTANT NOTE

If the first time you run S2ENGINE HD Editor it says you to re-install Physx drivers don't worry it is a known problem that appears on some configurations.
Follow these steps:

  • 1 - Unistall Physx
  • 2 - Reboot PC
  • 3 - Install physx located in steamapps/common/S2ENGINE HD/ver_1_4_6/Bin/3rd
  • 4 - Reboot PC
  • 5 - Run S2

For more info see the related community topic:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/443970/discussions/0/208684375417088651/

About This Software

WHAT IS S2ENGINE?

S2 ENGINE HD is a complete general-purpose software kit for developing and running videogames and other virtual-reality applications, specifically dedicated to PC indie developers from a indie developer. Its simplicity and a powerful, just-ready, all-in-one toolset lets indies – and game enthusiasts – turn on their computers and create amazing visuals in minutes just as if they were professionals. Developing games is as fun as playing them using S2 ENGINE HD!

NO PROGRAMMING SKILL REQUIRED

Thanks to GameMachine, a node-based visual scripting system, designed on well-known State, Event and Action concepts, all, even not programmers, can do awesome things using S2ENGINE.

CHEAP PRICE, PAY ONCE, NO ROYALTIES

S2ENGINE HD will be yours at a very cheap price. You will pay only once. No monthly subscriptions, No royalties after your game is published.

S2ENGINE HD IS THE NEXT-GEN GAME ENGINE FROM AN INDIE TO INDIES

Next-generation features and a complete visual editor will allow you to create high-quality video games without requiring extensive resources and large teams. We are indie just like you, we know what it means making games with a small team.The new and constantly updated version of the engine is developed with a very clear goal in mind: to let people have full and easy access to AAA development. Physically Based Rendering, HDR, Visual Node-Based Scripting System, High-Quality Post Processing, All-In-One Editor are only some of the features you will find in this amazing product. The Best choice for the modern indie game developers!

WHY PC ONLY?

Many commercial engines are designed to be cross-platform, but this strategy, inevitably, forces to be unable to exploit target hardware pushing it to extreme performances. We strongly believe in PC as best gaming platform, so we designed S2ENGINE HD with PC hardware in mind in order to gradually push it to the limits!

IDEAL FOR WHO WANTS TO PUBLISH GAMES ON STEAM

Since S2ENGINE is highly optimized for running on PC Windows systems, it is ideal if you want to use it for developing your AAA-quality game on Steam.

YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT FOR US

Give us suggestions, bug reports, and, in general, share ideas about what you want a game engine must have. We will constantly update the product basing on your feedback and suggestions. We work to make your dreams a reality. We work to make S2Engine the best for indies, the best for you!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10
    • Processor: dual core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 650 GTX, Radeon HD 5850, IntelHD 4000*
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: *On IntelHD cards quality setting must be lowered to obtain acceptable framerates
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10
    • Processor: quad core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 970 GTX, Radeon R9 390
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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