“GPU Driven Effects of The Last of Us: Part Two” by Kovalovs

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    GPU Driven Effects of The Last of Us: Part Two



    Previous Naughty Dog titles have used standard effect authoring, where particle emitters were manually placed on the environment or attached to character joints. In addition to this there were render targets assigned to characters for the ability to apply blood, wetness, and other effects as part of the character rendering, but any particle rendering within them would be predetermined.

    The Last of Us: Part Two introduced more detailed interactions between effects and the rest of the world. In addition, the effects were GPU driven, making them more efficient and allowing for big- ger particle numbers. The effects required much less manual placement from the artists and utilized world information for spawning, and could attach to and simulate on geometry efficiently, following gravity and surface properties on animating geometry.


    Brandon Whitley. 2017. The Destiny Particle Architecture. ACM SIGGRAPH 2017 in Advances in Real-time Rendering.



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