ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Since the Final Fantasy franchise first blew our minds with their incredibly detailed FMVs, and later when The Order: 1886 fooled us into thinking it was a good game, we were all gripped by the knowledge that the age of photo-realistic video games would be upon us at some point in the very near future.

Modern day video games look damn good. I mean, despite being encroached in pure darkness, Dark Souls 3 is an absolute stunner of a creation, as is Hyper Light Drifter, though the visual styles of the two are fairly far removed from each other.
But none of them can even touch the majesty that is the visual treat of Star Wars: Battlefront.

Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter

Though the game itself is pretty damn lacklustre, DICE put painstaking work into making sure the game looked and sounded like a Star Wars movie. Using a technique called photogrammetry, artists take lots and lots of images of places and things in real life, scan them into a computer, mesh the images together, turn them into 3D landscapes and then the landscapes are perfected and smoothed out by immensely talented artists. Creating landscapes that look like this:

Uncanny valley
Uncanny valley

One such super talented artist is Rense de Boer, former DICE artist and all round digital genie. He created the image featured above and the images that will be popping up right about... now:

If that wasn't mind-blowing enough for you, here's a video of de Boer's landscapes running in real time HD:

Utterly resplendent! I can't wait until the tech exists to bring this deep beauty into our living rooms.

What do you think?

Have a visit to de Boer's ArtStation page to check out more of his stunning work.


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