“World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” Receives Visual Upgrade with GameWorks

by Leslie Pirritano

By day, the cubes of NVIDIA are filled with engineers, accountants and salespeople.

But at night (and sometimes at lunch) those same people are transformed into orcs, dwarves and goblins. They roam around Azeroth in hordes, raiding, exploring, battling and completing quests. Some even find love in real life.

Ten million subscribers make World of Warcraft the most popular MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in the world.It’s more than a game. It’s a passion.

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Better shadows with HBAO+ improves depth to objects in the scene. Click the image to load our interactive comparisons, where you can see the improvements for yourself.

And for the gamers at NVIDIA, that passion runs deep. That’s why we’re thrilled to reveal World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is the latest game in our GameWorks lineup.

With its latest patch, the game gets a visual upgrade to lighting and shadowing in the form of NVIDIA HBAO+.

This tech adds realistic ambient occlusion shadowing and shading around objects and surfaces that occlude light. And it does so with a considerably higher degree of precision than previous AO techniques. The result is a more immersive gaming experience.

GameWorks is a great platform for game developers.

It encompasses all of the game-related tools and technologies we have invented and refined over the years.

Our 300+ visual effects engineers develop libraries, developer tools and code samples while working closely with developers to help make their games amazing.

With GameWorks, a developer can provide new features and upgrade the visuals by patching an existing title.

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HBAO+ delivers accurate shadows that makes foliage pop with more fidelity. Click the image to load our interactive comparisons, where you can see the improvements for yourself.

HBAO+ delivers accurate shadows  that makes foliage pop with more fidelity.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor shipped last November to the delight of NVIDIANs and millions of other World of Warcraft players around the globe.

Just a few months later, Blizzard is delivering an even better version with dazzling in-game shadows and lighting.

NVIDIA HBAO+ is quickly becoming a favorite of the development community.

It’s a fast, simple way to add an exceptional level of detail to a game.

Best of all, HBAO+ won’t have a noticeable impact on frame rates when rendering all of its excellent AO shadowing and lighting. Check out the full list of titles with HBAO+.

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  • LasVegas

    And not a word of broken shadows in native supported 3d stereo… what a shame

  • Tiapriestess

    I’m going to have to assume that this is Windows only, and is not available via nVidia’s OS X Web drivers, correct?

  • Leslie Pirritano

    Hi Tiapriestess,
    HBAO+ is not shipped with a driver, but within the game library. So it would require a patch of the Mac OS X version of the game. I’m looking into this for you. Thanks for the question!

  • Leslie Pirritano

    Hi LasVegas, I saw a thread on this in our forums. Have you read this? https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/767754/3d-vision/-340-52-world-of-warcraft-has-broken-shadows/1/

  • LasVegas

    Hello, i know this one and another one, but still there is no cure, it is broken after 332 driver, using 337 u can turn shadows off and it is ok, but shaders and lights are still broken using any new drivers after 332

  • drthsons Dot

    Wow, it adds a surprising amount of depth in the game which goes well with the art style, making geometry pop a little more. Like the stone struts on the left tower in the first image, it makes them stand out more.

  • Jim Rickhardth Hartmann

    At 347.52 we are now, long gone those bugs must be..