CRYENGINE Summer Academy: Stylized Particle Effect Tutorial

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Image Senior VFX Artist Viktor Ikkes joins Junior Evangelist Roman Perezogin for an invaluable 90-minute particle effect tutorial.
Welcome to episode 11 of the CRYENGINE Summer Academy, focusing on particle effects and using our engine’s Particle Editor. The CRYENGINE Summer Academy is a series aimed at newcomers to CRYENGINE and those with some game dev experience, using a platforming game called Breeze as a learning aid. If you’re new to the series, we have listed all episodes released so far below.

In today’s episode, Junior Evangelist Roman Perezogin is joined by Senior VFX Artist Viktor Ikkes for an in-depth 90-minute presentation all about particles. The video reverse engineers the process that Viktor used to create the soaring seagulls that you can see in Breeze. You’ll be taken through each of the features used to create the seagulls, and Viktor explains what each process does to bring the simulation alive. This practical tutorial shows you methods and techniques to apply to your own projects and includes tips and insights about creating particles and using CRYENGINE’s Particle Editor that will be invaluable for anyone using our engine.


New to the series? Catch up here:

Episode 1: Course introduction, plus basic game dev techniques, including making a character move.

Episode 2: Use the Cry Designer tool to quickly prototype levels and game mechanics.

Episode 3: Create an island map in minutes with procedural tools.

Episode 4: Low poly assets and environment design with Principal 3D Environment Artist Tom Deerberg.

Episode 5: Coding in C++ - Creating a player controller with Support Engineer Joshua Nuttall

Episode 6: Coding in C++ - Joshua shows you how to implement mechanics like falling platforms.

Episode 6A: Coding in C++ - Learn how to create bouncing platforms.

Episode 6B: Coding in C++ - Create objects that can be dropped in a zone to trigger events.

Bonus Tutorial: Create a character with Mixamo

Episode 7: Animate your character with Blendspaces

Episode 8: Code simple animation mechanics

Episode 9: Take a deep dive into CRYENGINE’s animation system

Episode 10: Lighting techniques with Learning Manager Brian Dilg.

In addition to hosting CRYENGINE Summer Academy episodes, our YouTube channel is home to a wide range of content, including tutorials covering all aspects of the engine and game design. Pick up tips and tricks, ask questions, and more by joining our community and the CRYENGINE development team on our official CRYENGINE Discord channel. You can leave us feedback about our engine and get social in the comments, on the forum, or via Facebook and Twitter.

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