I am making a game with a lot of animated AI, somewhere around 500 active AI at a time. This works great so far.
My one issue is how much performance animating uses up. My issue is with culling, take the scenario below:
I have 20 units off screen that chop wood, if I cull comletely I cannot use animation events because they will not get triggered while culled, so I use cull transforms. I always prefer using animation events instead of using some timer in the code that calls
ChopWood() at a set interval, I find it produces a lot of messy code.
I tried comparing performance between cull completely and cull transform and didnt notice any huge difference when using 200 agents.
So I am wondering if anyone has experience with this scenario and can warn me of any pitfalls I might encounter using animation events for this many agents. Will it end up killing my performance? Is it unreliable? If so, how did you solve it?