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Upgrading the Snowdrop Engine for the Massive World of 'Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora'

Joshua Simmons  (Senior Programmer, Massive Entertainment - A Ubisoft Studio)

Location: Room 2006, West Hall

Date: Friday, March 22

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is Massive Entertainment's largest and most complex world to date. This session describes the changes made to the Snowdrop engine to support a huge world densely filled with procedurally generated objects, as well as the optimizations necessary to support online co-op server hosting and local servers for offline play.


The audience will learn how we scaled our game engine architecture to support huge worlds, tips and tricks for reducing game object overhead, and optimization techniques that allowed us to squeeze the overhead of local server gameplay into limited game console memory.

Intended Audience

This talk is for all programmers interested in large worlds, engine architecture and multiplayer servers. Basic knowledge of engine programming and multiplayer server architecture would be helpful to have, but are not a requirement.

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