Winter Chalet – Interactive

Unreal engine 4 is our new toy! We took up the challenge to create this interactive scene of a winter chalet, which we now can show to you! Situated in a vast snow landscape this piece of enigmatic architecture is open to be explored. Can you unlock the secret chambers of this place?

Winter_Chalet_Master_Bedroom_by_xoio

The Masters bedroom – we liked the idea of a cavelike chamber with a spectacular view

Winter_Chalet_The_bridge_by_xoio

The bridge crossing to the sauna chamber

Cyberlasse taking the tour.

Cyberlasse taking the tour.

Winter_Chalet_Unreal_Editor_by_xoio

Editing your scene inside UE4 is a pleasure, a true WYSIWYG experience.

There are 6 versions available of our winter chalet – content is same, just different sizes. So if you are short on bandwidth – load the smallest one :)

64Bit_Winterchalet_ZIP 370 MB
32Bit_Winterchalet_ZIP 370 MB

64Bit_Winterchalet_Unpacker 290 MB
32Bit_Winterchalet_Unpacker 290 MB

64Bit_Winterchalet_7Zip_Container 290 MB
32Bit_Winterchalet_7Zip_Container 290 MB

We conceived this interactive scene from scratch as our x-mas special 2014. Conceiving an interactive experience is quite something different indeed.

So why do we publish this here?

We want to give a basic idea what a small team of 1-2 people can achieve in a realistic framework of a few weeks. Altogether it took us a couple of months, but we worked maximum 1-2 days per week on it. Surely the scene could be further refined and polished – no doubt. But we had the feeling that half a year of tinkering with this place was enough and wanted to move on.

It was a challenge and great fun, to see how interactivity would influence the architectural experience here:

  • How do you guide the spectator?
  • How do you keep him interested to explore?
  • How do you avoid disorientation?
  • How do you improve navigation and ease of use?

It is another dimension of experience that surely is quite new to most 3d-cg-folks especially guys from the arch-viz industry. New frontiers to explore, and it is definitely fun! :)

In the end we want to celebrate the fabulous Unreal Engine here! Epic gradually made their great platform available to everybody and since 2015 it is completely free to work with. Up to the point of commercial success, you can play with this magnificient software as much as you like – only if you really profit from selling your product, you are required to give Epic its fair share. Let me emphasize this: In times of increasingly awkward software licensing procedures this is a very fair policy ! And last but not least all the people we met so far have been extremely helpful and kind. Thanks again for making this possible for us!

Anyhow we hope you enjoy our little interactive experience. Can you solve the little enigma – leading you to the secret outpost ? We are happy to hear your thoughts!

Winter_Chalet_Snow_Speeder_by_xoio

The snowspeeder is a hidden little feature that waits to be found :).

Well, honestly it must be mentioned that this 3d-scene requires quite a powerhorse of a PC to work fluently. Sorry, beginners fault, I suppose. You are still able to reduce the resolution in the main menu when you experience serious lacks. But it can be run on an Occulus, if you have the luxury and do own one!

Anyhow, enjoy the tour – xoio :)

P.S.: If you are interested how we apporach creating an interactive 3d environment you can read here:  www.xoio-air.de/2015/6-hints-how-to-create-unreal-scenes/

Winter_Chalet_Mountain_Panorama_by_xoio

Atmospherics in Unreal – truly speaking for themselves.

Winter_Chalet_Secret_Cave_by_xoio

Hmmm … so where might this room be found ?

 

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  • max
    Hi guys, thanks for sharing this. I've been problems running the demo, I have a gtx 970 so that shouldn't be a problem, but when I start it, it kinda gets minimized all the time
  • lasse.rode
    Hey Max sorry for that.. I will look into this an *maybe come up with a solution. All the best! Lasse
  • phil
    i'm sure you've done a good job...but i have the same problem as max
  • Joe Doomms
    come on, release the .uproject! share with the community!
  • Chris
    Thank you
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  • Nige
    This is a little gem guys. Thanks for sharing. I've been using Unity for a few years, but wouldn't mind taking a closer look at the Unreal Engine after seeing this.
  • Federico
    How cool it is!I was trying to put out fires with snowballs but it did not work!Waiting for this feature!;)
  • Onyx
    So beautiful! Everything works fine here. Frame rate is a little low with Oculus Rift. GTX970 with 4Gb VRAM, should be good enough but maybe not. If you can optimize your scene a little bit that will be even better! Great work!
  • Bazsee
    If it gets minimized, be sure that you quit teamviewer before starting. Sadly it's a common bug with UE4 and Teamviewer. I haven't found a solution yet for it either.
  • Alex Leiva
    I really enjoined this guys! but what really caught me in was your little riddle to find the snowspeeder, Once you start developing in realtime it's tempting to jump into the gaming world. Way to go XOIO!
  • Ky
    "We want to give a basic idea what a small team of 1-2 people can achieve in a realistic framework of a few weeks. Altogether it took us a couple of months, but we worked maximum 1-2 days per week on it. Surely the scene could be further refined and polished – no doubt. But we had the feeling that half a year of tinkering with this place was enough and wanted to move on." So, was it a few weeks, couple months or half a year?
  • Kyle
    For anyone having issues with game minimising to desktop you need to run the game in windowed mode. To do this download steam and add the game as a non-steam game. Right click the winter chalet link in steam and choose properties. From here choose set launch options and type "-windowed" and click ok. The game will now run in windowed mode and not minimise to desktop. https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=1040-JWMT-2947 hope this helps
  • apestaart
    Wonderfull beautiful light ! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing. Best
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