In an unprecedented move to make the best of a bad situation, Epic Games have released all assets used in the recently cancelled Paragon for free on the Unreal Engine Marketplace for Unreal Engine 4. That’s a cool $12 million in assets that they’ve just written off right there — Fortnite must be doing pretty damn well if they can waive away the costs.
It’s an impressive amount of assets, including entire character models and all of their bells and whistles, alongside over a thousand environmental pieces from Paragon.
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:
– Characters: 20 Paragon Hero characters will be initially available including all skins for distinct character variants. The release also includes base meshes, thousands of textures, VFX and animation cycles, and dialogue with hundreds of sound cues. The character Shinbi comes with an animation Blueprint which can be tailored to specific needs. Epic sends special thanks to OTOY and 3D Scan Store for granting permission to keep intact the high-quality character materials using their facial and body scanning technologies as part of this release.
– Environments: The Paragon release includes over 1,500 environment assets created for the Agora and Monolith maps, including a sample map for developers to use and customize as desired.
– More to Come: Epic will release millions of dollars worth of additional Paragon asset packs beyond the initial $12 million offering through spring and summer 2018.
This is a good move from Epic, who had to can Paragon after the MOBA simply didn’t stick with many gamers. Following the rampant success of Fortnite, developers from the game were shifted over from Paragon to work on it before the project was shuttered entirely. Paragon will officially die on April 26th.
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