I’m interested in learning how visual effects are implemented in the game, to learn how I might contribute. At a minimum I could create some pretty sprites, but perhaps I could author more ambitious things like particle explosions with multiple components and animated textures. Is there a wiki on such this?
I should mention that even if you can’t code a way for Pioneer to talk to TimelineFX, I can still author and bake out flipbooks in TLFX. Then it would simply be a matter of allowing for animated sprites by reading a flipbook texture in a prescribed order of sub-images (usually top left to bottom right), as one reads a book in English. Then all that would be required (at a minimum) is a way of controlling blending mode (alpha, additive, perhaps even premultiplied), and playback rate.
I poked around and found three effects textures, and tried modifying the ECM texture. It became evident there’s no rotation or anything on individual particles/quads, so my test looked less random than I’d like. I’ll post a request for some particle functionality, in the appropriate place.