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The Witcher 3 animals have next-gen fur

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Horse hair

Remember the attention we paid to Lara Croft’s new tress-FX, the stuff that made her hair look as natural as her re-proportioned body? Well, hair is serious business when it comes to rendering and effects, and fur on animals in games is about to look a whole lot better.

Here is the video from NVIDIA that shows off HairWorks.

One of the big showcases in the video is the wolf from The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. This wolf has 200k strands of fur (weird thought, but okay) with a secondary motion of fur that brings it to life. Artists can control waviness, clumping and density. Horses also get the high-tech attention; the simulation includes multiple collision volumes to more realistically recreate the movement of the long hair in the mane and tail. Seeing as Geralt uses a horse to traverse that enormous world, we can assume this will look impressive as well. Finally, the video shows of Riley from Call of Duty: Ghosts – the dog in the game also used HairWorks for dynamic fur simulation.

It’s all designed to make the games more realistic and immersive. Gone are the days of polygon hair or rigid fur. These animals will move naturally, with fur that changes in its movement and clumping depending on the situation and environment. It might not sound like much, but it’s a huge jump forward in design and will hopefully help to improve the graphical experience within the game. It won’t be enough to make a game great on its own, but it can certainly enhance something that is already worthwhile – I’m keen to see how this adds to the already ridiculously beautiful Witcher franchise.

Last Updated: June 24, 2014

62 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 24, 2014 at 15:02

    I’M ON A HORSE

    Reply

  2. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 24, 2014 at 15:06

    Hairdresser Simulator FX, next gen baby!

    Or am I giving EA some ideas now…

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      June 24, 2014 at 15:10

      It’d probably turn into a fairly successful series and since the target market isn’t to large they won’t rush it or force it to be a yearly release.

      “Next year, EA’s most anticipated sequel, Hairdresser Simulator 3 will be announced at E3 2018.”

      Reply

    • Kromas

      June 24, 2014 at 15:13

      Now you have done it. When I get pewdiepie youtube clip spams from my friends I am gonna hate you sooooo much.

      Reply

    • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

      June 24, 2014 at 15:22

      With the Miami Beach Bikini Wax Expansion

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 24, 2014 at 15:23

        O_O

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 15:26

        If they’d thought of it sooner they could have brought out a Brazilian edition in time for the World Cup.

        Reply

        • Skoobaz

          June 24, 2014 at 16:58

          Brazillian blow dry

          Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 24, 2014 at 15:29

      What’s wrong with you!?

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 24, 2014 at 15:08

    I can’t wait to see what they are doing with the hottest ginger’s hair (Triss, most definitely NOT Rince)

    Reply

    • Rince&exhale

      June 24, 2014 at 15:08

      I feel sadness at this…

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 24, 2014 at 15:09

        You are not even remotely as pretty as she is, just saying 🙂

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 15:11

        Don’t be sad, I still think you’re hot. *vomit slightly*

        Someone give him a hug to make him feel better. I can’t because of a good reason.

        Reply

  4. Sith JJ

    June 24, 2014 at 15:08

    All I see looking at that pic is the coffee. Mmmmm

    Reply

  5. Rince&exhale

    June 24, 2014 at 15:08

    So less this…

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 24, 2014 at 15:08

      Such skill!

      Reply

    • Sith JJ

      June 24, 2014 at 15:09

      Is that one of the new screens from the Xbone? Trolololo

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 24, 2014 at 15:09

        Hehe

        Reply

      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 15:11

        DING 🙂

        Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 24, 2014 at 15:27

        nah. Too high a resolution.

        Reply

  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 24, 2014 at 15:08

    Hair physics hair shmysics. This fine man didn’t need this stuff, why do games?

    Reply

  7. Liquid Kaz (Umar)

    June 24, 2014 at 15:13

    Man I can’t wait for Next-Gen gameplay

    Reply

  8. DiggityDingDong

    June 24, 2014 at 15:16

    Now that is awesome!! Can’t wait for this game!

    Reply

  9. Rince&exhale

    June 24, 2014 at 15:17

    One of the few games that I am actually excited for.

    Reply

  10. Tomahawk "Lightning" Jones

    June 24, 2014 at 15:18

    Because you’re worth it.

    Reply

  11. b1nd3r

    June 24, 2014 at 15:18

    A game with amazingly fun gameplay, story and now eye candy?? this game is a HOAX >.<

    Reply

  12. MakeItLegal

    June 24, 2014 at 15:21

    i just took an arrow to the knee

    Reply

  13. Ryanza

    June 24, 2014 at 15:22

    I have AMD, so I won’t get to see Geralt’s hair bounce. I won’t be immersed into The Witcher 3 now.
    What would Lara Croft be without Tressfx hair.

    Reply

  14. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    June 24, 2014 at 15:28

    Wait… Oh yeah, I forgot that nVidia already had a hair tech back in the day that they never really used.

    Heh. So now let the battle of TressFX vs Hairworks commence

    Reply

  15. ElimiNathan

    June 24, 2014 at 15:35

    Look at my horse, my horse is amazing

    Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 24, 2014 at 15:41

      Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Why dude why!??!?!?!??!?!

      Reply

      • ElimiNathan

        June 24, 2014 at 15:41

        LET IT CONSUME YOUR MIND AND SOUL 😀

        Reply

      • Sith JJ

        June 24, 2014 at 15:41

        Give it a lick

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 24, 2014 at 15:49

          You want to lick that pink monstrosity????

          Reply

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 15:50

            I didn’t know about the picture. What have I done???!?!?!?!

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 24, 2014 at 15:58

            I’d say CORNER, but…but I don’t want the corner soiled

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          June 24, 2014 at 15:56

          *runs away*

          Reply

        • Alex Hicks

          June 24, 2014 at 15:57

          Does it taste just like gravy?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 24, 2014 at 15:58

            O_O

          • Alex Hicks

            June 24, 2014 at 16:00

            DOES NOBODY HERE, apart from JJ, KNOW THIS SONG!!!!

            With a stroke of it’s mane it turns into a plane … Dear people of LG … find Weebls and his stuff. Thus sayeth Magical Trevor.

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 24, 2014 at 16:01

            I ain’t googling no pink thing

          • Alex Hicks

            June 24, 2014 at 16:02

            No need … the lyrics, from memory:

            Look at my horse, my horse is amazing
            Give it a lick (It tastes just like gravy)
            With a stroke of its mane it turns into a plane
            then it turns back again when you tug on its winky

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 16:01

            Haha. Man, that song gets stuck in your head for HOURS

          • Alex Hicks

            June 24, 2014 at 16:03

            Which one … amazing horse; or magical trevor?

            Scratch that – it’s both isn’t it.

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 16:05

            Haha. I meant the Amazing horse, but yes, both.

    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 24, 2014 at 15:46

      I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page, I should not have refreshed the page…

      Reply

      • Sith JJ

        June 24, 2014 at 15:48

        I didn’t know there was something to refresh for. Lucky me.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 24, 2014 at 15:48

          And you wanted to “give it a lick”

          O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O

          Reply

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 15:50

            That’s in the song. I didn’t say it for myself.
            Google the song.

    • Alex Hicks

      June 24, 2014 at 15:55

      Weebls FTW!

      Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      June 24, 2014 at 16:37

      From the creators of Badger Badger Badger… no wonder it’s disturbing…

      Reply

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    June 25, 2014 at 04:51

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