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Presentation on the game mechanics of Total War also added to roster
Blizzard is to discuss photorealism, high-quality shading and game rigs at the Game Developers Conference in March.
Led by Activision Blizzard real-time graphics researcher Jorge Jimenez, the presentation will cover the company’s techniques toward subsurface scattering, eye shading, anti-aliasing, depth of field and film grain, as well as looking at the integration issues being solved for its game studios.

It's about damn time they did.

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Originally Posted by sticks435 View Post

It's not Blizzard giving the talk, it's an R&D guy from Activision.

https://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/01/21/activision-blizzard-brings-next-generation-rendering-talk-to-gdc.aspx
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I've only seen one Photorealistic engine and that's Luminous. It's being kept under heavy wraps so information is painfully sparse.



Excited to see what BZ can do... thinking.gif
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I've only seen one Photorealistic engine and that's Luminous. It's being kept under heavy wraps so information is painfully sparse.



Excited to see what BZ can do... thinking.gif

Well you can't tell much from a 15 second youtube clip that's really low res tongue.gif but seeing the new final fantasy sure was nice to see but yeah, this upgrade is well overdue IMO.
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This company has the money to produce something really ground breaking. Lets do it already! smile.gif
     
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Has Blizzard ever pushed the boundaries of graphics? I don't ever recall a time that they did.

Call me cynical but I don't really see them discussing or showing anything truly next-gen photorealistic when they haven't even done anything photorealistic in this generation. Maybe their CG looks good, but that's just CG. It isn't a real-time simulation.

Time will tell if they're really onto something.
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Has Blizzard ever pushed the boundaries of graphics? I don't ever recall a time that they did.

Call me cynical but I don't really see them discussing or showing anything truly next-gen photorealistic when they haven't even done anything photorealistic in this generation. Maybe their CG looks good, but that's just CG. It isn't a real-time simulation.

Time will tell if they're really onto something.
My thoughts exactly. No Blizzard title has ever stood out, to me, graphically. Warcraft, Starcraft, WoW, and Diablo all looked blocky and cartoony to me. Their CG, on the other hand, is among my favorites. I wouldn't say their CG is the most realistic looking, but certainly has some of the greatest cinematic appeal, like this recent HoS opening video:
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Of all companies, Blizzard is going to discuss photo-realism? That should be illuminating.
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How much is photo realism going to cost me in the RMAH?
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I suppose Blizzard certainly has the resources to give it a go, it just really hasn't been in their interest given their type of games. ^ha
    
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Found the guy's blog; http://www.iryoku.com/aboutme

He does real time graphics R&D for Activision Blizzard. Probably won't be a john carmack, but who knows he could impress. They do make a metric ass ton of money from call of duty and wow.
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