S2 ENGINE HD is a complete general-purpose software kit for developing and running videogames, specifically dedicated to PC game hobbyists and enthusiasts. Its simplicity lets them 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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May 14

S2ENGINE HD 2019.1.5 preview


Hi guys,

Today I would like to show you some cool results I've reached during the last 2 weeks.
I've worked on particle systems and general performance improvements.

PERFORMANCE
Using some cool tools from Intel I was able to better understand what part of engine code needed improvements.
With some fast and easy modifications I've gained about 3-6 and more fps in a variety of situations.
This is only a small part of what it can be made for optimizing the code so, step by step, the engine will be even faster and faster in the next future.

The system I've used for the performace tests is the usual:
- CPU Ryzen 1500x (4 core, 8 threads)
- GPU AMD radeon Rx 550 4 GB
- RAM 16 GB

For catching framerate, this time, I've used MSI afterburner tool. FPS stats are on the top left corner of the screen.

Following are some results from the easy game pack zombi town demo:




Also Haunted House benefited from code optimization:


Instead the city project scene of the Building Generation package has less more the same performances (it was just fast) except when the ocean is visible (also from the distance) as you can see from the following images:




PARTICLE SYSTEMS
Particle system were the real stick in the mud of S2ENGINE HD rendering system.
In particular particle systems reflecting light (no emissive) were too much fillrate/shading bounced.

For solving the problem I've used a technique that reduces the resolution of all the particle systems on screen by drawing them on a secondary render target, and then applying the result to the main screen with an upsampling shader. In this way a lot of fillrate is saved improving framerate.

This was particularly evident in the zombi town scene when grenades exploded, as you can see from the following image:


One of the advantages of this tech is that It automatically can support soft particles (thanks to the depth buffer use) without performance drops.
Soft particles solves the typical problem that makes a line visible when particle system intersects a surface (the line that separates the particle system from the surface).

Soft particles plus the increment in performances let me to insert into zombi scene some fog zones using the cloud objects (that ,technically, are fixed particle systems with disk shape), without framerate drops:





Note that there is no continuity solution between the fog particles and the ground, thanks to soft particles :).

For 2019.1.5 version I think this is all: curves, improved particles and improved performances.
All I've to do now are some small refinements and tests before releasing.

Hope you appreciate our efforts.
Stay tuned

PROFENIX STUDIO
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May 4

S2ENGINE HD 2019.1.5 new "Curve Editing" feature W.I.P.



Hi guys,

Currently we are working on a very interesting feature: curve editing.
It will let you to create simple object animations in a very easy way.

Following is the TWITCH LIVE in which Fabio talked about the new curve tool:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/420389055?collection=yVl2rT4HlRWUcA

Stay tuned and
DO NOT FORGET TO FOLLOW OUR TWITCH CHANNEL!
https://www.twitch.tv/profenixstudio

Profenix Staff
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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/

LETS LEARN

Are you new to S2ENGINE?
Take advantage of all the resources useful for learning this fantastic software!
Visit and Subscribe the official Youtube channel to be notified about new tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ZtOnjR0iNnVnBnqIrA53w

YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT FOR US!

Subscribe the Steam S2ENGINE HD community forum AND the "S2ENGINE HD Developers Group" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1092162417509326/

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

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 game hobbyists, enthusiasts and indie developers from a indie developer. Its simplicity and a powerful, just-ready, all-in-one toolset lets hobbyists – 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. FREE updates!

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 and hobbyists 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10
    • Processor: dual core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 460, 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 GTX 1060, Radeon RX 570
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

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