InFamous: Second Son Is Exactly As You First Saw It
Watch Dogs has had a graphical downgrade since we first saw it and it seems Sony is looking to piggyback on that to drum up some good press for inFamous: Second Son. The spin is that Second Son has not seen a graphical downgrade since we first saw it.
Well, that’s not actually true but you believed me didn’t you?
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The real story is that the first 20 minutes of Second Son got leaked along with upwards of 2000 screenshots thanks to that lovely Share button. Some people have begun to speculate that the game has received a graphical downgrade since we saw it at E3 last year. Sucker Punch Tech Art Lead Jason Connell has stepped forward to say this isn’t the case.
Over on the inFamous: Second Son Facebook, Connell said to one accuser, “Definitely no visual downgrade of graphics since then! We put that particular area in sunset instead of sunny time of day so that it matches the mood of narrative better.”
According to Connell, even the clouds reflect Seattle’s light when darkness falls. “This is what we call ‘light pollution,’” he explained. “During the night time, in large cities… you will see the clouds turn an average light color from the city below. Especially in cities like Seattle…where we have extremely low cloud decks. I tried to put that into the games night time.
He added, “When we moved to HDR and Physical Based Lighting… one of the benefits is having the world rendering look and feel like a cameras exposure. So, we just have to make sure that things look good in all time of days…but the system supports it fully.”
Connell also touched on the game’s physics-based lighting mechanics, and went on, “The lighting team spent a lot of time researching how bright it is outside during different times of day. We call this physical based lighting. This was done heavily in the pre production part of the project.
“The most challenging part of moving to physical based lighting was establishing all of the rules of which an artist has to go by… and THEN figuring out how to break them artistically to get the exact look you want.”
Second Son has consistently been looking better everytime we see it so I doubt there is any validity to those claims although it may be a kneejerk reaction brought on by the Watch Dogs controversy.