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Particle Effects System

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Parametric Particle System


Great games need great effects! HeroEngine features a robust parametric particle system for delivering the stunning visuals you need.

Particle systems are a key component to visual effects. They allow artists to easily create effects such as explosions, smoke and rain. HeroEngine has a robust and easy-to-use system to create particle effects called Particle Spec. This system allows you to create modular effects and easily control particle behaviour, as well as the ability to apply your own custom shaders for unique visual effects.



Particles can be anything from camera-facing billboard textures to fully animated 3D objects. Emitter types include point and volume, and can even be controlled by a texture!


Emitters can be particles too, and particles can emit other particles when they expire, creating fantastic chaining and other effects.


No need to move to another tool and then try and sync things up later, it’s all done in one place, all live and collaborative! With HeroBlade, you can have an entire team working simultaneously on an overall effect, bringing together your artists, world builders, and technical team for maximum impact.


FX System

Utilizing HeroEngine’s node-based particle system, a multi-tiered particle like the one shown above can easily have different behaviors applied.


A strong particle system is a start, but it takes a lot more than that to author a complete special effect. Enter the HeroEngine FX System, an event-based effect sequencing system. With the FX System, you can composite together particles, lights, audio, animations, motion, and more into full blown spell effects, cinematic sequences, or whatever you envision!


The FX System can handle complex effects with no scripting. String together all of your audio and visuals, handle complex concepts like sequencing and chaining with ease.


All of this is done dynamically and live in the HeroBlade tool. Drag new event nodes into your chain from the palette, adjust some settings and hit the Preview button. When you are satisfied, pass it off to your game system team for integration into your custom combat system.