Epic Games has announced that the Meerkat short film, recently created by Weta Digital that showcases Unreal Engine’s new production-ready Hair and Fur system, is now available as a sample project. Users can download the entire scene and see firsthand exactly how it was created in the behind-the-scenes feature.
As the press release reads, Weta has worked closely with Epic Games to explore how far they can push final pixel-quality hair, fur, and feathers in real-time. The company has helped to fine-tune Unreal Engine’s strand-based Hair and Fur system since its initial release in 2019, and their experience and knowledge has played a key role in making Hair and Fur now production-ready for authoring, simulation, and rendering in real-time in the new Unreal Engine 4.26 release.
To showcase the capabilities currently available with Hair and Fur in 4.26, Weta recently created the short film Meerkat, which was rendered in Unreal Engine and debuted as part of the Unreal Build: Virtual Production event last month.
With the Meerkat free sample project, users will get the fully rigged and animated characters, together with their desert environment, cameras, effects, and audio, to use for learning, experimentation, or to create new content. Users will also get the Maya files, final textures and materials, and more.
You can download the Meerkat free sample project from here.