Guerrilla Games worked on improving the volumetric clouds system for Horizon Forbidden West's upcoming expansion Burning Shores.
Dutch developers Guerrilla Games are best known for world-class visual presentation in their games with Horizon Forbidden West being the latest of their games to blow us away with how stunning and detailed it looks.
For the upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive expansion called Burning Shores, where Aloy goes to Hollywood, Guerrilla Games have pushed the technology even further, using the full power of the PlayStation 5 to deliver a next level clouds system, which they showcased in new screenshots.
Guerrilla say they took inspiration from the artists who were part of the luminism movement, namely the 19th-century painter Albert Bierstadt, who played with clouds and land beneath to create dramatic landscape paintings.
Interestingly, the team experimented with new cloud systems for Horizon Zero Dawn but gave up as the hardware and software solutions at that time were not ready for such advanced technology.
"To recreate this effect in 3D, we had to develop a way to model clouds. For Horizon Zero Dawn, we’d explored various methods for creating cloudscapes," Guerrilla said. "But technologically, it was too early for this, the hardware and software just weren’t at the right stage of development"
Interestingly, the clouds won't just be there to look pretty. The developers say that it was important to make them part of the gameplay as they are an explorable landscape in themselves. "Among the clouds, players will be able to explore tunnels, caves, and other surprises that make for fun flying," they explained.
All in all, that's plenty of eye candy for everyone who prefers visually impressive games. Guerrilla Games certainly are aiming high for the Burning Shores and we cannot wait to see more visual improvements they've made for this expansion.
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