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31 Aug
2020

Compiling against multiple UE4 Linux Installed Builds with Buildbot

At Mercuna we make extensive use of automated testing including continuous integration. Our AI navigation middleware is used on multiple game engines (Unreal Engine and Unity), multiple versions of engines, on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) and for multiple platforms (the above plus consoles and mobile devices). As such it’s essential that we “fail early”,..

20 Feb
2020

Epic MegaGrant

  • 20th February 2020
  • Ben Lowing
  • 1,556 views

Mercuna is excited to announce that we have been awarded an Epic MegaGrant to help fund the development of our new off-road navigation middleware for vehicle and animal AI. Epic MegaGrants is a scheme run by Epic Games, who have committed $100 million to support game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators,..

18 Oct
2019
Architects use gaming tech to visualise cities

Bringing New Realities to Life with Game Technology

  • 18th October 2019
  • Maeve Mulgrew
  • 1,585 views

One of the most exciting trends in the games industry has been how our innovations have been used in novel and imaginative ways by other industries. Game experiences are starting to move so close to reality that they could have a huge impact on how we design and operate within the designed environment. Here I..

24 Jul
2019

Path following with turning rate constraints

Making believable 3d navigation doesn’t just mean finding straight-line paths for AI to travel on, it also means following them in a realistic way. What we really want to be able to do is make our birds/fish/spaceships/planes/dragons move in ways that seem plausible, and one of the ways we can do this is to set..

21 Jun
2019

3D Navigation: Pathfinding for Flying and Underwater AI

One of the most fundamental problems facing agents in game worlds is how to move to a specific location. While a variety of solutions exist for characters moving on the ground, for agents navigating freely in three dimensions, such as drones, submarines, or characters with jetpacks, this is a much harder problem. This post looks..

11 Sep
2018

Building Binary Plugins in Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 has been engineered with the assumption that code plugins will include their full source code when distributed. However this can often be undesirable, as for example, in our case where we want to offer an evaluation version of Mercuna for people to try out but don’t want to make our full source..

21 Jun
2018

Mercuna in Unity

  • 21st June 2018
  • Ben Lowing
  • 1,929 views

Mercuna now works with Unity! Over the last month we have been hard at work integrating Mercuna with the Unity game engine. There is a long list of small features to be finished off, but the core of it is done and we have agents flying around Unity levels. When we first started writing Mercuna,..