Monday, August 9th, 2021 Posted by Jim Thacker

Wysilab releases Instant Terra plugins for Houdini and UE4

Originally posted on 23 June 2021. Scroll down for news of the new Houdini plugin.

Wysilab has released a new plugin streamlining the process of importing terrains created inside Instant Terra, its 3D landscape generation software, into Unreal Engine.

The plugin, which is currently available in early access, imports both new and existing Instant Terra terrains into the game engine, automatically setting up an Unreal Engine landscape and shaders.

Launch Instant Terra projects from inside Unreal Engine, or import existing projects
Instant Terra is a fast, lightweight tool for creating animatable terrain complete with surface water features, particularly for games and real-time projects.

The new plugin takes its integration with another key game development tool, Unreal Engine, a step further, making it possible to initiate terrain creation from inside the game engine.

Users can then edit the terrain inside Instant Terra itself, and send the results back to Unreal Engine.

Terrains can be exported to layers within Unreal Engine’s Landscape Material – there are readymade layer types for grass, rocks and snow – complete with masks generated in Instant Terra.

As well as creating new terrains, the plugin can be used to import existing Instant Terra projects into Unreal Engine, automatically generating the node network necessary for the Unreal Engine project.

Updated 8 August 2021: Wysilab has released a second bridge plugin, this time for Houdini.

The new add-on enables users to create a terrain inside Instant Terra and use it to generate a corresponding terrain in Houdini, exposing any control parameter to make the terrain editable inside Houdini.

Pricing and system requirements
The Instant Terra plugin for Unreal Engine is compatible with Instant Terra 2.2.3+ and Unreal Engine 4.26 or the public previews of Unreal Engine 4.27 and Unreal Engine 5.

The Instant Terra plugin for Houdini is compatible with Instant Terra 2.3.3+. Both plugins are currently available free in early access.

Instant Terra itself is available for Windows 7+ only. A perpetual licence costs $149 for 8K export; $199 for unlimited resolution. The Pro edition, aimed at larger studios, is priced on enquiry.

Read more about the Instant Terra plugin for Unreal Engine in the online documentation

Read more about the Instant Terra plugin for Houdini in the online documentation

Download the Instant Terra plugin for Unreal Engine and Houdini in early access