Computer Graphics World reports that Massive, the now famous Crowd scene software, will be available commercially AND as Freeware from the soon to be opened Massive Software website.
The freeware version will reportedly lack features sported by the commercial version, however the move appears, on the surface, to motivate 3D Artists to familiarize themselves with the software on a grand scale.
Massive was used by WETA to create the battle scenes in Lord of the Rings in what can only be comparered to a very high end Artificial Intelligence that some games sport.
Reportedly, Charcters, or “Agents” are assigned several motion sets and turned loose with a tag similar to a military I.F.F. wargame tag so only the “enemy” is attacked.
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Massive Software site is not yet operational, but will reportedly be http://www.massivesoftware.com