User Guide (Version 1.13)

Customizing EMotionFX Objects

This feature is in preview release and is subject to change.

The EMotionFX API supports registering custom object types, including state machine nodes, blend tree nodes, transitions, and conditions. You can define custom object types in your game code or a custom gem. This allows you to have granular control of the Lumberyard animation system.

Registering Custom Objects

Before registering custom objects, activate the EMotionFX SystemComponent to ensure the EMotionFX runtime is initialized correctly. Then use an EBus call to the EMotionFXRequestBus::Events::RegisterAnimGraphObjectType method. You can ensure that EMotionFX runtime is activated by registering your custom node from a component that has a dependency on EmotionFXAnimationService. You do not need to manually instantiate the EMotionFX SystemComponent and call Activate; component dependencies handle these tasks.

To register your custom node

  1. In your custom gem or game project code, define your subclass of EMotionFX::AnimGraphObject.

  2. Create a subclass of AZ::Component.

  3. In your component's GetDependentServices() method, add the dependency to EmotionFXAnimationService:

    dependent.push_back(AZ_CRC("EmotionFXAnimationService", 0x3f8a6369));
  4. In your component's Activate() method, register your node type:

    EmotionFXAnimation::EMotionFXRequestBus::Broadcast( &EmotionFXAnimation::EMotionFXRequestBus::Events::RegisterAnimGraphNodeType, MyCustomNode::Create(nullptr) );

Implementing AnimGraphObject Subclasses

AnimGraphObject is the base class for all objects in the animation graph. The constructor on the base class is protected; instead, objects are instantiated with the Create() method. The Lumberyard animation system (EMotionFX) uses an instance of AnimGraphObject to create other instances by calling the Clone() method.

Each AnimGraphObject subclass has a unique type ID that is used to serialize an object to and unserialize an object from an .animgraph file. You use a public anonymous enum with a TYPE_ID member to declare the type ID for an object.

When implementing an AnimGraphObject subclass, you must define the following methods:

Method Description
uint32 GetBaseType() const Defines the base type of an object. There are three base types: nodes, transitions, and conditions.
const char* GetTypeString() const Defines the string version of the object type name.
const char* GetPaletteName() const Defines the name that is displayed in the UI.
AnimGraphObject::ECategory GetPaletteCategory() const Defines where in the UI palette or tab the object should appear.
AnimGraphObject* Clone(AnimGraph* animGraph) Creates a new instance of the same object type, with the clone's animation graph set to animGraph.
AnimGraphObjectData* CreateObjectData() Creates a new instance of an AnimGraphObjectData instance. This represents data that is unique to each type of node in an AnimGraphInstance.