No one will discuss the new destruction system below.
Besides, if you'd be involved in project budgeting you would be aware that the costs are growing and using cheap alternatives is inevitable. This is the business. first of all.
If you hate people that can make your life easier and see the threat in everything related to AI then you can hardly call yourself an artist. Rather than a kid who likes to be in a comfort zone.
Leo Iezzi has a nice recording of him creating a cobblestone substance you could use for all kinds of projects. This speed video will show you all the steps, guiding you through the production process.
Leo talked about the procedural approach focusing on Texturing. The artist mixed Substance Designer and Substance Painter bringing everything in a real-time engine called Marmoset Toolbag 3.
Final result in Toolbag:
If you want to learn more, go to the artist’s personal website.