announced it has acquired , a startup that created a huge “photogrammetry” asset library of real world imagery that can be used in animated films or video games.

Back in March during the Epic Games event at the Game Developers Conference, a cinematic short film Rebirth that looked like it was someone taking a video of a landscape with a video camera. Only it was an animation using .

Epic said that it will make Quixel’s bundled tools, dubbed Bridge and Mixer, and all of Quixel’s Megascans library assets available free for everyone with the Unreal Engine, and Epic will retain all of the 100-plus employees of Quixel. Epic made the announcement at its Unreal Academy London event. The purchase price was not disclosed.

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