Massive announced it is streamlining the generation of arena spectators, crowds moving en masse and large-scale digital armies with Ready-to-Run Agents. These pre-built agents can be easily dropped into shots to create 3D character-based crowd scenarios. The initial agents, debuting August 10-12 in Los Angeles during SIGGRAPH 2004 at New Zealand booth #1521, are the first in a series of agent "sets" which will make up the growing Massive Ready-to-Run Agent Library.
Each Ready-to-Run Agent is immediately available to the artist as a pre-built asset comprising all of the necessary facets -- from skeletons, geometry and rigid body dynamics, to textures, shaders and choreography controls.
The initial sets in the Ready-to-Run Agent Library being announced at SIGGRAPH include: the Massive Spectator Set, Crowds on the Move, the Massive Ambient Action Set, and the Massive Combat Collection Set.
The permanent interactive license price for Massive is $18,000, and additional licenses can be leased as needed for $2,000 per license per month, including support. Massive customers choose one of three agents(Stadium, Locomotion or Ambient) with each purchase of up to three permanent Massive licenses.