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Henriquejr spotted development update #4 for Alaloth: Champions of The Four Kingdoms:
More information.Development Update #4 - Creating Real Time VFX in Alaloth
Let it burn!
The role of VFX is very important in every video game, because they communicate a lot about the things that are happening within a game's world, from simple rain to a pool of acid, creating and saying what can be good or dangerous, alive or static. Our VFX, are generally divided into two macro categories, environments and gameplay effects.
Environments were introduced in Dev Update #2, which explains how, in order to create a live and realistic environment, VFX such as fire, fog, and particles are added. After the bake phase, every single VFX is moved to the final scene in order to have a living scene with fire, water, dust, lava, all weather events, and much more rather than just a static texture.
All environmental VFX derive from a common base: for example, each type of dust or flame starts from a base VFX and our team is able to create variants based on the scene in which it will be placed, changing color, size, duration, etc.