ArchiCAD buyers gifted free version of Epic Games’ new vis engine

Customers of CAD software vendor Graphisoft, developer of ArchiCAD, are set to gain free access to an upcoming visualisation engine developed by video game software company Epic Games.

Epic Games, developer of the Unreal Engine, in May this year acquired a visualisation engine developed by French studio Abvent called Twinmotion, which was developed on top of the Unreal Engine 4 environment. Epic also brought Twinmotion’s development team in-house.

Epic is now using the solution as the basis of a new visualisation product, which Graphisoft said owners of its ArchiCAD 23 would gain access to free of charge.

The current version of Twinmotion is available for free until November 2019.

“We are now very excited to work with Graphisoft to promote the use of real-time visualisation solutions to help architects and designers visually communicate. The simplicity of the Twinmotion user interface and the power of Unreal Engine to deliver real-time effects is unmatched in the industry,” Epic Games’ Unreal Engine general manager Marc Petit said.

Graphisoft chief executive Huw Roberts said real-time rendering was the next big thing in photorealistic vis.

“To bring this cutting-edge technology to the AEC space we couldn’t find a better partner than Epic Games! ArchiCAD 23 customers will benefit from an unparalleled immersive experience when creating and sharing their architectural designs,” he said.

The new and improved version of Twinmotion is expected in Q4 2019 and will be available free to all qualifying ArchiCAD 23 licence holders. Graphisoft said close collaboration between it and Epic Games would ensure a “seamless workflow between ARCHICAD and Epic’s software”.

The offer begins once the new version of Twinmotion arrives and will run until the end of ArchiCAD 23’s release cycle.