New Shadow of the Tomb Raider Video Shows Realistic Water, Oil, Fire, and Smoke Visual Effects

A new video of Shadow of the Tomb Raider showcases how the team is aiming for realism in visual effects, using real-world physical formulas.

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal released a new Shadow of the Tomb Raider video starring Senior Technical Artist Martin Palko.

In the video, Palko talks briefly about the work done on improving the game’s visual effects, including water, oil, fire, and smoke. The most interesting thing is that we don’t just hear about them, but we also see them in action in the engine’s environment. That oil certainly looks good thanks to the work done on the sheen and color separation of the surface.

The goal of the team is to be realistic, and tho that end they use real-world physical formulas. For instance, the color of fire is determined by the temperature of the flame.

You can check the video out below. If you want to learn more about gameplay, you can enjoy DualShockers’ own preview. You can also check out another recent video, and one from the same series released a few days ago, alongside a second clipa third one, a fourth which is particularly interesting, as it provides a look at machinery and puzzles, and the fifth one on lighting.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you want to grab a copy of the game, you can currently pre-order it on Amazon.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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