Earlier this week Warmachine: Tactics players quietly got an upgrade to their go-to game. Their graphics quality went up, but their frame rates did not go down.
This upgrade manifested itself as a noticeable difference in the quality of in-game shadows. Robots now look more realistic. Walls appear to have depth. Lighting and shadows are more accurate. Scenes that once looked flat and unrealistic have come to life.
How did this happen?
The developers of the game, WhiteMoon Dreams, released a patch to add support for NVIDIA HBAO+ to their title.
Warmachine: Tactics is a next-generation, turn-based tactical game developed with the Unreal Engine 4 gaming engine, modeled from the tabletop game Warmachine. You command your custom squad of steam-powered robots and elite warriors in raging battles dominated by magic and mechanika.
It delivers a rich multiplayer experience through cutting-edge visuals, an immersive world setting and squad customization features that offer a rich multiplayer experience along with an extensive single-player campaign.
Shadowing is a key determiner of graphics quality, so to get the steam-punk fantasy-inspired look they wanted, WhiteMoon Dreams upgraded to HBAO+.
NVIDIA HBAO+ continues to gain traction in the development community as a fast, simple way to add exceptional detail to the lighting and shadowing of a game. Its image quality exceeds that of any other technique, and does so without a noticeable impact on performance. Check out the full list of titles with HBAO+.