Game Art Tricks

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7 thoughts on “Game Art Tricks

    1. SimonSimon

      Wow…this looks really stunning! I wished UC4 would be on PC so we could investigate how it’s done.

    2. Chris Harper

      Looks like at least 2 camera facing sprite animations recorded from real fire, lined up on top of each other, one at the lower end with some wrap distortion possibly. Then the direction of the top flame is controlled by the characters movement and a distortion texture ramped way up here to give the impression of motion with some particle fx triggered above a certain speed?

      Ramblings of a mad tech artist. :P Hope it gives some insight.

      1. Ineedascotch

        VFX artist here, pretty much on point there, though it’s not a sprite animation for the flames enveloping the top of the torch, it’s a model with some distortion and fresnel shader trickery. The top flame is a 2D sprite NOT recorded from real fire, but rather a fluid sim, which seems to have a fast and slow variant. When it’s not moving the flame looks a lot calmer and when he’s moving a little it looks a bit more violent. And when the torch is moving fast enough it starts spawning little animated flame particles.

        I’m curious if they do anything to prevent seeing the flatness of the particle if you’re looking at the torch from above. In Tomb Raider, which uses a similar 2D sprite for the flame, but if you look at it from above they transition to spawning particles to hide the effect.

        1. Chris Harper

          Ahh cool, interesting insight there. Cheers. Curious why they’d go for having two variants though, rather than a distortion texture and some shader magic.

  1. DejfCold

    Great job on finding all those tricks! Thanks for it.
    Do you think you could look into how Prototype does it’s “hand to tentacle-ish weapon” morphing?

    1. SimonSimon

      Thank you! :) Hm .. I thought Prototype is bound to consoles, isn’t it? Really hard to look into console stuff … especially since I don’t own any :,(


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