The first bundle of tutorials has already been released by the team.
After months of anticipation and dozens of captivating WIP showcases, CG Supervisor Ian Smith and SideFX have finally officially released Project Pegasus, an in-house tech demo created to show how Houdini's procedural workflows can be used in combination with Unreal Engine 5's latest technologies to create stunning 3D environments.
For those unaware, Project Pegasus is a large-scale 3D environment whose creation kicked off at the Game Developers Conference 2023. Just like with Project Titan, SideFX's previous tech demo powered by Unreal Engine 5, the tools and techniques devised for Project Pegasus will be shared with the community as learning materials and downloadable content in the months ahead.
Following the official reveal, the team shared the first batch of tutorials, exploring the construction of a collaborative pipeline and discussing the creation of dynamic landscapes in Houdini. The first tutorial focuses on the purpose of Houdini Package files and explains how to create them, provides an overview of the Project Pegasus folder structure, and teaches the importance of version control.
The second lesson is dedicated to landscape creation in Project Pegasus, discussing the Heightfield Erode tool, providing a detailed examination of each parameter and its purpose, and offering an in-depth look at how the landscape for Project Pegasus was created and imported into UE5 as a Digital Asset.
The third and fourth guides also center on landscape creation, demonstrating how to enhance a landscape with realistic detail using materials from the Megascans library, exploring the placement of procedural paths and the scattering of woodland trees, and providing a closer look at the development of custom digital assets for the environment.
In the future, the team also plans to explore such topics as:
- Procedural cliffs with UE5's Nanite,
- Pile Tool for debris and objects,
- Automated Nanite props creation,
- Advanced building generation,
- Cloudscapes with Houdini 20,
- Flora Tools,
- And more!