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Advanced Graphics Summit: Lifting the Fog: Geometry & Lighting in 'Demon's Souls'

Bruce Woodard  (Senior Programmer, Bluepoint Games)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 9:40am - 10:10am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Following Shadow of the Colossus, with its predominantly sparse outdoor environments, Demon's Souls' architecture and art direction posed many new rendering and production challenges for a relatively small team. This session focuses on the Bluepoint Engine updates that were most impactful to achieving the final look of this PS5 launch title. We'll detail a possibly controversial approach to compute-based tessellation, our global illumination implementation using light field probes for both runtime GI and sound propagation, and the benefits of screen-space directional occlusion.


Attendees will learn the motivations and technical details behind Demon's Souls tessellation & lighting.

Intended Audience

Graphics programmers or technical artists with an interest in the rendering technology behind the game.