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README.md

Creature-Runtimes

This is the runtime for Creature, the advanced 2D Skeletal and Mesh Animation Tool. This runtime is for Unity 5.0 and up. It allows you to load in, play back and control your authored Creature Characters in the Unity environment. Mecanim support is also provided.

For more information on how to use the runtimes, please head over to this site

Features of the Unity Runtime

  • Support for both JSON and Fast Loading Binary FlatBuffers formats
  • Optional High performance Point Caching playback
  • Skin/Item Swapping for different character meshes/regions
  • Animated Region Ordering
  • Game Agents + Controllers for customized Gameplay code
  • MecAnim Support
  • In Game 2 Bone IK
  • Bend Physics support for dangling bone chains via Unity PhysX
  • Smooth Animation Blending/Transitions
  • Unity UI Canvas Renderer Support
  • Gap Step Animation Compression Support
  • High Performance CreaturePack variant for character crowds, background scenes, secondary characters
  • Builds on all platforms ( PC/Mac/Linux/Console/Mobile )

Notes on deploying Creature Animations in Unity

Please note you have the following options to deploy Creature animations in Unity:

  • Standard CreaturePlugin, all the features for main character gameplay requirements
  • CreaturePack, for character crowds, NPCs and scenarios where very high performance playback + loading is required
  • FBX, you can export a character as a FBX asset from Creature if it just uses Bone Motors ( Bone Skinning ), allowing you to use the full Unity Skeletal Animation pipeline

Deploying for iOS and other platforms

If you are having issues with deploying for platforms like iOS ( UnusedBytecodeStripper2.exe did not run properly etc. ), you should give the following a go:

  1. Remove the CreatureFlatData.dll from the Distro directory

  2. Create a new folder in your project and include the files:

Creature FlatBuffers Source

  1. Build and deploy your project

This should remove any sort of DLL dependency on your project.

Creature 2D Side-Scrolling Platformer Demo

This is a simple 2D Side-Scrolling Demo authored in Creature and Unity. Characters are animated with the Creature 2D Animation Tool and brought to life in the Unity Game Engine using the Creature Unity Plugin.

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Download the full Unity source + assets of the demo here.

Creature Unity Game UI Demo

This is a demonstration of multiple Creature Animated characters playing in a reconstructed Game Starting Menu UI scene. The Reaper character and even the buttons are all authored and animated from within Creature.

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Video of the Demo is here.

Download the full Unity source + assets of the demo here.

Artwork Credits

Reaper: Katarzyna Zalecka. CC-BY-SA 3.0, Ancient Beast

Background: David Revoy, CC BY 3.0

Buttton Frame: Ironthunder, CC-BY 3.0

Hummingbirds! ( Creature Pack Demo )

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Hummingbirds! is a demo done using the lighter weight Creature Pack Plugin. It showcases an entire scene ( flowers, birds ) all animated in Creature and played back in Unity using the plugin in real-time.

Creature Pack Plugin: https://github.com/kestrelm/Creature_Unity/tree/master/CreaturePack

Live WebGL Demo: http://creature.kestrelmoon.com/WebDemo/BirdPacksDemo/

Demo Trailer: https://youtu.be/NpaTAHtHU_E