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It may be time to start saving up cash for a new GPU as Cyberpunk 2077 aims to push the limits of real time graphics with ray tracing and DLSS 2.0 support.

As if the building hype for CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t already reaching a critical mass, the recent media blitz for the game has confirmed that the PC version of the game is going to look really good. In addition to all the regular graphical features and tricks that the Polish developer has been working on since the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt back in 2015, Cyberpunk 2077 will be the first game from the studio to make use of next-generation ray tracing effects to enhance realism and immersion. Additionally, owners of NVIDIA RTX-enabled graphics cards will be able to enjoy improved performance thanks to the implementation of DLSS 2.0, an A.I.-powered upscaling technique.

This busted warehouse screenshot shows off ray-traced reflections and diffuse lighting.
This busted warehouse screenshot shows off ray-traced reflections and diffuse lighting.

With the debut of DirectX Ray Tracing (or DXR) back in the second half of 2018, game developers have been able to make use of hardware-accelerated graphical effects made possible with ray tracing. NVIDIA’s Turing architecture-based RTX graphics cards were the first consumer graphics cards to have silicon dedicated to powering these effects with the help of Microsoft’s DXR API in DirectX 12. AMD’s upcoming RDNA 2-based GPUs will also offer hardware acceleration for DXR, allowing owners of each brand to take part in the fun.

Cyberpunk 2077 will use multiple ray tracing effects to bring its gritty, dystopian open world to life. 

  • Ray-traced ambient occlusion – Ambient occlusion is a shading and rendering technique used to calculate how exposed each point in a scene is to ambient lighting. The result is a diffuse shading effect that darkens enclosed and sheltered areas and enhances the rendered image’s overall tone. In Cyberpunk 2077, ray-traced ambient occlusion additionally can be used with local lights to approximate local shadowing effects where shadows are missing.
  • Ray-traced diffuse illumination – This technique is used to capture sky radiance as well as emissive lighting from various surfaces, which is difficult to achieve with traditional rendering techniques. 
  • Ray-traced reflections – In Cyberpunk 2077, ray-traced reflections are used on all surfaces and can trace ranges for up to several kilometers. They are present on both opaque and transparent objects to simulate the way light reflects from glossy and metal surfaces by tracing a single bounce of reflection rays against the scene. This includes smooth natural mirrors like window glass, but also rougher surfaces like brushed metal. Unlike screen space techniques which can only reflect what’s on-screen, ray-traced reflections incorporate the entire scene around the character, and can accurately represent objects outside the camera view or facing away from the camera.
  • Ray-traced shadows – Cyberpunk 2077 preview supports directional shadows from the sun and the moon. These shadows aim to be physically accurate and even account for light scattering from clouds. Shadows may be enhanced in the final release to support other types of light sources where it is needed.
This overcast street shows off more of the reflections as well as ray-traced ambient occlusion.
This overcast street shows off more of the reflections as well as ray-traced ambient occlusion.

The use of DLSS 2.0 will be exclusive for NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. It uses the power of neural networks to intelligently upscale supported games in real-time. For example, a game can be rendered at a native resolution of 1920×1080 and DLSS upscaling will allow it to have the appearance of a 2560×1440 image. While ray-traced effects can offer near photorealism, they have never been used for real-time rendering due to how computationally expensive they are. DLSS upscaling will help to alleviate much of the performance hit associated with using such effects so players won’t need to compromise performance for image quality. DLSS 2.0 first debuted with The Foundation DLC for Remedy’s Control.

These new features are expected to be ready in time for Cyberpunk 2077’s launch in November, though some games in the past have released with DXR features arriving later on. For more information about the DXR features in Cyberpunk 2077, check out NVIDIA’s guide.

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin’ tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don’t @ him.

Source: https://www.shacknews.com/article/118969/cyberpunk-2077-will-make-use-of-dlss-20-and-other-ray-tracing-techniques

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Evo 2020 canceled after co-founder abuse allegations

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 05: Players get ready to compete in the Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 finals during EVO 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
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Fighting game tournament Evo 2020 has been canceled after co-founder Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar was accused of assaulting a minor. The esports tournament, which announced in May that it was going online-only in the wake of COVID-19, will now not go ahead. In a tweet, Evo said that it was parting company with Cuellar, who “will no longer be involved with Evo in any capacity.” Co-founder Tony Cannon will now lead the company, “prioritizing greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at [its] events.” 

Ars Technica reports that Cuellar was accused of assault by Mikey “Crackpr0n” Pham while the latter was a teenager. After his story was posted on Twitter, a number of high-profile players and commentators said they would not take part in this year’s tournament. Cuellar subsequently appeared to acknowledge the accusations in a tweet, saying that he has done things he is “not proud of,” and expressed remorse. Shortly after publication, Evo cancelled the event and dismissed Cuellar from his role. 

A number of video game publishers, who partner with Evo to run the tournaments, sought to distance themselves from the event. In a statement, Capcom said that it would not participate, “in light of the recent accusations of misconduct.” NetherRealm, publisher of Mortal Kombat 11, said that it was withdrawing “in solidarity with those who have spoken out against abuse.” Evo has said that refunds will be issued to all players who had already paid to participate, and that an equivalent donation will be made to Project Hope, an organization training healthcare professionals around the world. 

This is the latest in a series of reckonings in the gaming industry rocked by allegations of sexual abuse. Yesterday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot pledged reform after a number of people came forward to talk about their experiences of harassment and abuse. Similarly, the Twitch community has been confronting a number of high-profile streamers accused of harassment.

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EVO Online canceled & Mr. Wizard to leave company amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Joey Cuellar, EVO Online has been canceled and EVO will cut ties with Cuellar. Tony Cannon will be take his place as acting CEO

In the wake of various victims of sexual and toxic abuse and harassment coming forth to speak on their experiences, a bombshell hit today. An accuser came forth with allegations against EVO CEO Joey “Mr Wizard” Cuellar. EVO Onlline has since been canceled, and the EVO organizaiton has announced they will be parting ways with Cuellar as Tony Cannon takes his place as acting EVO CEO.

The matter began when late on July 1, 2020, FGC competitor Mikey “Crackpr0n” Pham posted a detailed account of a 2001 situation in which Joey Cuellar allegedly goaded Pham into showing him his penis, for which Cuellar apparently gave Pham $20. Pham was also reportedly 17 years old at the time of the incident. In the wake of the allegations on July 2, 2020, the EVO organization released a statement announcing that Cuellar had been placed on administrative leave as a third-party investigation was carried out. That was not enough for some. It wasn’t far after that both NetherRealm Studios and Capcom announced they would pulling Street Fighter 5 and Mortal Kombat 11 respectively from EVO Online events.

Cuellar finally spoke to the allegations late on July 2, 2020 as well. He did not deny what he was accused of and instead offered an apology to the fighting game community at large.

“I’m sorry,” Cuellar wrote. “I never meant to hurt anyone. I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person. Once again, I’m truly sorry.”

Nonetheless, following the accusations and Cuellar’s statement, the EVO organization saw fit to officially begin cutting ties with Mr. Wizard. As Cuellar exits the company, EVO co-founder Tony Cannon will take his place in ongoing operations. EVO Online has also been cancelled and refunds for any purchases made on the event will be processed in the upcoming days.

Accusations against Cuellar come alongside a wave of victims coming out against sexual and toxic abusers across the gaming industry. The Smash Bros competitive scene in particular saw a number of high profile players accused of sexual misconduct, with Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, Richard “Keitaro” King Jr., D’Ron “D1” Maingrette, and Jason “ANTi” Bates among the names with credible accusations against them. Nairo was dropped from NRG Esports and ANTi has been dropped from T1 following the allegations against them.

EVO finds itself in a sorry state this year. EVO Online was a solid attempt at shifting the competition to a digital format, but as change happens in the industry and victims come forth to share stories, EVO could not find itself outside the wake of accusations. Nonetheless, as Tony Cannon steps in where Cuellar left off, hopefully the marquee fighting game organization and event can become a better, safer place for the community it serves.

TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he’s not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he’s searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

Source: https://www.shacknews.com/article/119017/evo-online-canceled-mr-wizard-to-leave-company-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations

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Off-Roading Simulation Game ‘MudRunner’ Is Coming to Mobile as ‘MudRunner Mobile’ This Month with Pre-Orders Now Live on the App Store

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Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive brought out MudRunner to consoles and PC back in 2017 as an off-roading simulation game. In MudRunner players were tasked with transporting logs to a destination across various open maps and access to nothing but a map and a compass. Each map played differently and there were also various vehicles. MudRunner Mobile from Focus Home Interactive has gone live for pre-order on the App Store revealing some details for the release and the price alongside a release date. MudRunner Mobile includes 15 open world maps and 16 vehicles. Watch the trailer for the original release below:

MudRunner Mobile releases on July 15th for $5.99. While it does mention in app purchases on the App Store listing, as of this writing, they are limited to a single DLC which is free. I never got around to playing this on any console and it looks like a fun pickup and play experience. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can pre-order MudRunner Mobile on the App Store for iOS here and on Google Play for Android here (not live yet). The store pages even have some screenshots of how the game interface looks for touch. Check out the official website for the game here. Have you played MudRunner or SnowRunner on any platform before?

Source: https://toucharcade.com/2020/07/03/mudrunner-mobile-release-date-price-preorder-ios-android-focus-home-interactive/

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