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Another Glimpse At The Future Of Video Game Visuals

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Quixel is a company that sells textures and other assets (similar to the way games like Battlefront are able to achieve almost photo-realistic visuals). That’s amazing work for the present, but the future is obviously going to look even better.


Rebirth is a short film made by Quixel that shows where we’re at in 2019. It’s “a real-time cinematic” running in Unreal Engine 4, and while it’s just an animation and not something playable, it is using technology that games today are using, so playing something looking like this might not be that far off into the future.

If you think the landscape looks like Iceland, that’s because it is, in a roundabout kinda way. The natural environment here is comprised of enormous scans of actual Icelandic terrain.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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Yeah visuals like this are potentially even closer than we think. The stuff they’ve been able to achieve in recent games like Anthem is pretty staggering, and I’m still beside myself whenever I look at Naughty Dog’s current real time cutscenes.