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Using Gigapixel Landscape Textures in Dragon Commander: Lessons Learned

Charles Hollemeersch  |  CTO, Graphine
Swen Vincke  |  CEO, Larian


Location: Congress Saal 1

Format: Lecture
Track: ProgrammingVisual Arts
Vault Recording: Video


Dragon Commander is more than 'just another' strategy game - Dragon Commander seamlessly blends different gameplay genres into a single, grand adventure. This freedom also has its repercussions in the landscape rendering. Landscapes have to look good, from dragon dogfights up in the clouds all the way down to commanding ground-based combat units. Instead of using traditional mask-based techniques (which lack unique detail and have difficulty hiding visible tiling), we adopted a technique based on texture streaming that covers the whole landscape with unique texture data. In this talk, we'll describe both our production pipeline as well as the technical lessons learned when trying to adopt such a technique.

Takeaway

Attendees will learn how Larian used texture streaming technology in cooperation with an in-house developed content pipeline to create the detailed landscapes of Dragon Commander, how large texture datasets can be manipulated using current tools, and how such datasets can be used in practical games while staying within platform constraints.

Intended Audience

Technical directors, graphics programmers, environment art directors and technical artists.