Killzone 3 Producer Talks 3D Tech
3D gaming technology is in its infancy, and it'll be some time before a good percentage of gamers will have the requisite 3D HDTVs in their living rooms.
But in the meantime, we can learn more about how developers are implementing 3D into certain games like Killzone 3. GamesRadar spoke to Guerrilla Games producer Steven Ter Heide about the process of utilizing this new technology in one of next year's most anticipated titles. Firstly, he spoke about how "design issues" represented their biggest hurdle when dealing with 3D:
"We can’t speak for other developers but for us it was pretty straightforward. Our content already was fully 3D, as in that the whole world we create already is fully realised in 3D. Everything has depth to it already. On the technology side, we of course have to increase performance in a smart way as we now have to render everything twice, once for each eye. The biggest things we came across were design issues we had not seen before, things like HUD elements or especially the crosshair, where do these ‘live’ on the screen. We have to take depth into account and these unnatural objects now need to feel natural and sit comfortably at the right depth not to become jarring."
Ter Heide goes on to say they knew Killzone 3 would boast a 3D option "from day one." As the team is technically a part of Sony, Guerrilla learned of the 3D initiative immediately and quickly asked Sony for a prototype TV. They went on to focus on enhancing the immersion aspect of the game; Ter Heide said the Killzone series has "always been about immersion" and the technology will really enhance "those elements where we have things crumbling and going off all around you." But there's still a ways to go:
"...we’re not making special content for 3D, we’re just enabling what we’ve always done to be viewed in 3D. Its still early days with the technology, even the movies are still getting to grips with what 3D can offer. So I think we will learn to take better advantage of 3D in the future."
Lastly, Ter Heide was asked what he thought about the cynics who call 3D more of a "gimmick" than anything else. He replied- "It's an optional extra. For those people that enjoy the immersive experience, 3D will greatly contribute to that feeling." Yeah, well, it'll be intriguing to say the least. And remember, we should be able to test that 3D part of KZ3 for you. ;)
Related Game(s): Killzone 3
8/16/2010 10:44:35 AM Ben Dutka