Gears 5 - Ice Caves
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To meet perf requirements, the ice could not be translucent. Check out this awesome video demonstrating the volumetric lighting technique developed by Ryan DowlingSoka to overcome this challenge
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/qAd3PL

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Cave modeling - Stef Velzeboer

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Cave modeling - Stef Velzeboer

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Examples of the ice used in Escape, level art by Boyd McKenzie
https://www.artstation.com/dakkon

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Examples of the ice used in Escape, level art by Boyd McKenzie
https://www.artstation.com/dakkon

A closer look at the details of the ice shader.

My main task as a look development artist on Gears 5 was working on the master ice shader for the game. Clinton Crumpler provided the foundation for the shader. I refactored it, making changes according to feedback from art direction and optimized the shader for use in multiplayer and escape levels, reducing instruction count by 35% in the process. I also worked with Stef Velzeboer; who helped with shader development, creating variants for different ice archetypes and shader maintenance, and Ryan DowlingSoka; who created additional features such as the tri-planar bump offset and volumetric lightmap based subsurface effect and was also a tech wizard throughout the whole process.

Tech Art Direction - Colin Penty
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