The Killer Instinct developers pride themselves with their game. They work very hard on making new and better content for their fans such as characters and arenas, but that’s not the only aspect they want to improve. The team really emphasized that they want to “improve” the game by saying that they “overhauled” the Killer Instinct graphic engine on the Xbox One so they can do some really interesting things. On the Killer Instinct blog they had Killer Instinct’s Art Director, Chad Greene, talk about what the new changes that will be coming to Season 3. Chad expressed that the lighting will very improve in quality and how that will affect the game.
“In terms of visuals, we are adding new graphics technology; reflection tech for the stages; re-introducing screen space color adjustments that work with gameplay; adding an all-new dynamic lighting system that provides greater realism and interaction for the characters and stages. Not only will Season 3 feature this new lighting, but we’ve gone back and re-lit everything for Season 1 and 2 as well. We can’t wait for our fans to see the enhancements of KI’s visuals!”
“Our lighting system was very specialized, and it was time for an overhaul. We met as a team to ideate and decided to use a system that allowed us to obtain dynamic lighting for the game, but work with our existing game engine. Once in place, our stages were completely re-lit utilizing the new tools while characters received updates to their lighting probes, which allows them to interact with the stage lighting. Characters now composite into the scenes in a way that is really believable – allowing for good integration/compositing while maintaining readability – especially important in a fighting game.”
“As technology advances, graphics are becoming more and more powerful and the gamers have come to expect stunning visuals on today’s console hardware. Early in development of S3, we knew that we wanted to raise the bar on many levels and have a deep passion for delivering on ‘next gen’ visuals. In order to do this, we had to overhaul the tools and the pipeline and we’re really happy with the results and how we are utilizing the graphic power of the Xbox One.”
These statements alone show how “next-gen” consoles are not only advancements in gaming today but are always improving. Killer Instinct is not the first and only game to grasp the idea of this. Other major and small game studious are putting in more money and time into their games, existing and new.
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