Basefount Technology has shipped Miarmy 2.5, another impressive update to its Maya crowd-animation system.
Automatic avoidance and agent scaling
New features in the update include the option to make crowd agents avoid one another automatically without the need to set up logic states; and the option to scale either entire agents or individual bones within the rig.
There are also new readymade physics systems to enable agents to react to gunfire, missiles and bombs; and the options for making agents follow 3D paths and for driving agents with particles have been improved.
The demo scenes at the end of the video are neat, too, including a nice take on a key shot from World War Z.
Miarmy 2.5 is available now for Maya 2011 and above on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The Professional edition costs $975, including free upgrades until version 3.2; the Express edition is free.
Download Miarmy 2.5 Express