Advanced Interactive Foliage System for UE4
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Doesn't they say the same thing about photography when it was emerging? ;)

Agreed. This is just depressing and is a detriment to society. If this keeps advancing at its current rate, good art will be so trivial to generate that it won't be special anymore. Art will slowly morph into a banal distraction, with creating an original piece being as easy as applying an Instagram filter. The role of the human artist will change from a craftsperson to someone who picks a bunch of parameters, gives it to the AI, and chooses the best output. This type of technology is a threat to the very existence of art as a craft, will completely devalue artwork, and will make the journey of training to become an artist obsolete. I hate these researchers for what they're doing to a field that I love.

I disagree. There will always be demand for real artists. Like any other digital software, this is just a tool with the possibility to help artists create compelling worlds faster and add realism that would otherwise have taken days to make using other methods. As a 3D character artist, I would love to use this to create quick backdrops to place my characters in to enhance final renders.

Advanced Interactive Foliage System for UE4
13 September, 2018

Check out a purely shader-based interaction system for realistic looking foliage interaction with the player in UE4. The Advanced Foliage Interaction System uses the Pivot Painter 2 tools and custom functions to fake physically accurate collisions with grass and plants using Vertex Animation. The system features 3 Foliage Archetypes (Short Grass, Tall Grass, and Advanced Hierarchical Plant), also bringing 6 example Foliage Types.

Check out the documentation to learn more about the system.

Coming Soon:

  • More example plants
  • Interactive Tree Foliage Type
  • Mobile support


  • Advanced character-foliage interaction
  • No physics calculations
  • Vertex animation to fake physics
  • No mesh stretching/warping
  • 3 Foliage types (Short, Tall and Advanced)
  • 6 Example foliage meshes
  • Modular shader to work with custom foliage meshes

Number of Blueprints: 1 Component, 3 Materials, 6 Material Instances, 6 Static Meshes

Network Replicated: No

Supported Development Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

Supported Target Build Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, XBOX

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Very nice work! Would love to see a tutorial on the vertex animation and some more info about the hierarchical plants.

I think the price is fine.


Share some links with these techniques, plz.


Very expensive really. You can make pretty good shaders for this just by browsing the forums or youtube. Not quite as accurate, but pretty good for free lol

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