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Technical Artist Summit: Explosions: The Destruction Pipeline for 'Borderlands 3'

Caitlyn Trout (Technical Artist, Gearbox Software)

Location: Room 210, South Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 17

Time: 10:50am - 11:50am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

This session will present an overview of the pipeline used to make real-time physics destruction in Borderlands 3. As a new feature to the Borderlands franchise, many tools were created, modified and utilized both inside Houdini and Unreal Engine 4. This talk will go over the process from start to finish, and the lessons learned along the way.


Technical and visual effects artists will see gameplay examples of destruction and how they were created. The talk will cover some of the techniques used, as well as the tools and support necessary that made it all happen.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for all levels of technical artists or visual effects artists interested in destruction implementation.