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"Northpointe Cove" 3D Environment

This is an outdoors environment I made based of the location Northpointe Cove from the game Xenoblade Chronicles X. It is a part of my ongoing side project #XCXproj where I aim to recreate and build upon parts of Xenoblade Chronicles X in Unreal Engine 4.

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This project was actually started almost one year ago as part of a university course focusing on 3D outdoor environments. However, at the time I was not happy with several things in the scene so I put it into the with and backlog to polish up later. Recently I was able to pick it back up and I have now successfully fixed the parts that I had the most issues with last year. Although there are still many things that could be improved on as I think I have a better understanding of Unreal now and a better workflow , I decided that this was a good point to upload it.

However that does not mean I am done with this scene. I plan to continue working on it and for the next version I intend to have foliage, a custom sky sphere and more small scale environmental meshes implemented.

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When working on this scene I had two main focal points in mind. The first one was for me to learn more about Unreal's material editor and create a somewhat complex water material. The second focus was to sell the scale of the scene and make the viewer feel small in relation to the world.

This was also the first time I picked up Substance Designer which was used for almost all of the materials in the scene.
The mountains and cliff walls were all made using the terrain editor inside of unreal and then they were exported into 3DSmax where I evened out the geometry and fixed the UVs. The reason for this roundabout was of doing things was because this project was started before I learned any sculpting and I didn't have access to Zbrush at that point.

the water on the inside of the sandbanks is shallow, but on the outside the ocean gets deep quickly

the water on the inside of the sandbanks is shallow, but on the outside the ocean gets deep quickly

view from behind the mountain with the cave

view from behind the mountain with the cave

the sand banks get partially submerged by the waves

the sand banks get partially submerged by the waves

a high view from the slant leading down to the beach

a high view from the slant leading down to the beach