Massive graphical improvements!

You haven’t seen Enlisted like this before. For the next major update, we’ve prepared a whole range of significant improvements to our game’s visuals, and we debated for a long time whether we could fit them all into one devblog. We couldn’t, so in this devblog, we’ll talk about the graphical changes that will be noticeable to every player.

We present to you a huge improvement to the Global Illumination.

WHAT IS A GLOBAL ILLUMINATION?

In short, Enlisted uses Realtime Global Illumination to calculate light scattering from surfaces. This technology does not require an ultra-modern video card with ray tracing support, yet it creates a realistic look, softly illuminating even areas that are not directly exposed to light. The reflected light changes its characteristics depending on the texture and shade of the surface it is reflected from. This works both indoors and outdoors.

GI in Enlisted works even on the low quality graphics preset, since it does not consume a lot of resources, but it dramatically transforms the visuals for the better. It is easier to appreciate the contribution of this technology by watching a video from an early version of the game.

Enlisted was among the first games to use Global illumination! And it has proven to work well, even with the limitations of older consoles (Xbox One/PlayStation 4) for which it was designed (because the game must run at 30/60 FPS on these platforms).

For example, the early version of Global Illumination did not support detailed reflected light (specular lighting), only diffuse lighting was calculated. Its display distance was significantly limited (GI was calculated in detail up to about 60m, and a simplified calculation was used beyond that). Its resolution did not allow for lighting details smaller than about 50cm, which in some cases caused light to leak through walls. Hardware ray tracing (RTX/DXR) was not supported, and so on.

UPDATED GLOBAL ILLUMINATION

In the upcoming major update, the technology that is visible on your screen all the time will impress you even more. We have improved all aspects of the GI - the propagation of light has become even more realistic, and the game is visually richer: we have added specular lighting, increased its display distance, and also added detailed reflections.

We have almost completely eliminated the issues related to light propagation (light and dark leaking), like in this example of light leaking through the ceiling.

The display distance and calculation of Global Illumination has also improved. You will notice this, for example, in the corridors of the Reich Chancellery or inside Lehrter Bahnhof.

Improved reflections to better represent the properties of surfaces and the distribution of reflected light. In other words, in rooms where at least some light enters, more details will be visible and navigation will be easier.

Additionally, smooth surfaces now also reflect objects that are not on the screen (f.e., where Screen Space Reflection does not work).

PERFORMANCE WILL REMAIN THE SAME!

We managed to keep the updated Global Illumination within the current performance parameters (depending on the settings). You will be able to appreciate the updated visuals of Enlisted without any performance loss on most settings, except for the highest GI quality setting. There, the impact of the changes may be noticeable, but the visuals will also please the most avid graphics enthusiasts.

LOCAL TONE MAPPING

These additional changes are related to other aspects of Enlisted’s graphics. They do not affect the performance, and are made based on your “improve visibility in the dark” feedback. So we do! Now, exposure is not calculated globally, for the entire frame, but locally, allowing both bright and dark areas to retain details. This is somewhat similar to HDR, without the need for such technology in your monitor, or the work of a photographer.

We have also improved the “bloom” effect – the glow from bright light sources, making it softer and more diffused.

Do you like the changes? These are the most noticeable graphical improvements of the upcoming update, which will also introduce new features and improve old ones. Stay tuned for more devblogs, leave feedback, and share the news with your friends.

We continue improving the game!

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hmm will have to wait tbh but it does seem to improve some map while some place (mostly dark area) seem the same

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I just hope this won’t cause massive frame rate drops, and won’t crash with my gpu drivers.

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great so dark zones where you cant see enemy are even darker now, what about fixing broken textures/hitboxes instead of adding fancy effects on them?

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better textures won’t load properly on last gen consoles and/or pcs with potato gpu,

Awesome!

Will mirrors work too?

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thats awesome but what about the steam release you havent talked about in over a month

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They need to rethink their strategy if they want to push the release.

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It seem the new change brought even more dark in almost all the situations show so I am sceptical about that change as a user of the bare minimum graphic

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cool, darkflow should communicate that then instead of being silent on all of the problems and making fancy new features

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As long as it don’t drop my framerates I’m happy :smiley: It does look great.

That being said, really hope this big update isnt just a graphic update. There are serious issues with the game that need to be addressed still.

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last test server had a sig ke7 and a usa tech tree t20 rifle in the files so its safe to assume thats going to be involved

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Ofc, there will be more.

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honestly, im not even asking for much, im not saying darkflow needs to fix and push the steam release out the door, all im asking for is some kind of communication “here’s what we’ve been working on” lol

having all of these problems, and not addressing them, doesnt inspire confidence or hope

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I am looking forward to this news to come then. Any chance you can provide a taste? maybe not the details, but some basic headlines?

as cool as this sound ,pls i dont want to return to the era in wich was impossible to see in dark places or getting blind by light sources like flamethrowers again ,just not again :frowning: or atleast make it optional

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Can we get some color filters in future?

I like graphicy.

As long as lighting is consistent across all quality settings, Im for it. Looks really good.

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Second part of devblog is about it. It will be a lot better in dark areas then now.

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