After 6 years and 35+ free updates, we are retiring GeoGlyph for World Machine.
GeoGlyph is still production-ready with World Machine 2.3.7, 3.0.3, 3.0.15, and 3.0.24. If you wish to purchase a copy to use with these versions, contact us, or if you wish to migrate to Gaea please read the details below.
A decade ago, we started creating terrain tools that evolved into GeoGlyph - a celebrated plugin for the World Machine community. GeoGlyph began as a small set of helpful macros and grew into a large toolset that helped realize AAA games; such as the 2016 reboot of Doom, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and The Grand Tour.
Now, with a heavy heart, we are saying farewell to GeoGlyph. It wasn't an easy decision, but one we had to make. We'd like to share with you the many reasons that influenced our choice.
The trials involved in continually updating GeoGlyph for parity with World Machine have become too complex:
World Machine itself has gone through different development spurts. Unfortunately, the extremely rigid plugin architecture consistently broke GeoGlyph with each new release.
With year-long gaps between updates, World Machine often left its users to rely on unfinished builds from the Development Branch. This required us to add support for those builds to enable our users to complete their projects.
We never charged our customers for any of the 35+ updates that shipped during nearly 4 years.
Normally at this stage, plugin developers would stop supporting older versions. However, our users were locked into various World Machine builds, and needed us to maintain support for those versions.
In the last several months, we investigated different methods of revamping the project for long term development. We even considered making a new lightweight version of GeoGlyph, targeting only the latest build of World Machine's stable branch. However, given the endemic problems, we would eventually end up in the same cycle.
Maintaining GeoGlyph is no longer viable. No matter how much we still love it.
It's not easy for us to say goodbye. GeoGlyph has been a primary part of our lives for many years. We spent thousands of hours in its development. We enjoyed adding new features despite the challenges, and still have a large library of incomplete prototypes. Many will see the light of day in one form or another.
Which leads us to Gaea.
Over the years, the limited World Machine plugin architecture drove us to explore other methods to improve terrain design by creating standalone tools that could not work within World Machine's PDK architecture. Through these experiments, Gaea was born.
With the flexibility of Gaea's SDK-style core, everything we wanted to do could easily be implemented.
Gaea received more traction from users and critics than GeoGlyph. By the time the Early Access Preview turned into the first official release, it had more users than GeoGlyph.
We believe Gaea is the future of modern terrain design. The software has an extensive set of tools - many of which don't exist in World Machine. Layout/vector design, tiled processing, and other pro tools are scheduled for release later this year.
Major studios and thousands of artists are already using Gaea in production. If you haven't given it a test run, download the FREE Community Edition. If you tried Gaea a while ago, check it out anew. It has become even more powerful in the last few months. Since the official release, we've shipped 256 feature updates in just 111 days.
We have decided to release a free set of nodes for World Machine which can use the Gaea engine for processing – similar to the Houdini Bridge that was released a few weeks ago. This will allow you to use Gaea's sophisticated set of nodes, including our powerful Erosion, within World Machine. These nodes will be available this Winter.
All your favorite tools from GeoGlyph such as - Recurve, Swirl, GeoColor, GeoShape, ReFlow, and more - exist in Gaea. In fact, most of them have become even more powerful in their new home. You will be able to get the power of GeoGlyph back in World Machine using Gaea.
GeoGlyph 2.0 remains available for use with any of the World Machine builds we still support: 2.3.7, 3.0.18, 3.0.19, 3.0.20, 3.0.23, and 3.0.24. We will also continue to provide support for all GeoGlyph users.
If you have any questions, our Support team will be glad to help you.
Finally, we emphatically express our gratitude to our loyal GeoGlyph users who supported us during its development. We hope you will join us on our new journey with Gaea.
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