Hipihi next version preview video

There’s a preview of some of the features of the next version of Hiphi at http://www.vimeo.com/4057576

The next version appears to have cars you can ride in and doors that move, among other nice things.

There are dark spells in the video, presumably the result of Hipihi’s rigid day-night cycle, which I’ve felt all along is a serious mistake, both for average users who want to see the world around them, but also for making videos. Machinimatography without control of the lights – yuch, bad decision, Hipihi.

It appears that land editing allows for making caves or something similar; either that or you can deform a prim’s mesh.

There are fluttering flags as well.

There’s rain – I hope, though I don’t know, that if there has to be rain, it won’t be rain that goes through objects. Better no rain than rain that goes through objects.

The video shows a nice shiny effect, I don’t know if that’s new or just not something I can see in the current version very well owing to my lousy video card.

I don’t have an ETA for this next version.

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