Gaijin Entertainment has announced the release of major Content Update “Northern Wind” for the online military action game War Thunder. It marks the arrival of a new Swedish aviation tech tree, the first two Swedish ground vehicles and a Scandinavian-themed naval battle map. As usual, the update also brings dozens of new vehicles for all nations, like the Rooikat Mk.1D, first South African ground vehicle and the German Admiral Graf Spee heavy cruiser. The visuals for War Thunder are now more realistic due to the new Ray Traced Global Illumination system, physically correct spark simulation, as well as HDR technology support.
The proprietary Ray Traced Global Illumination system was unveiled by Gaijin Entertainment at the NVIDIA GeForce RTX Launch Event at Gamescom 2018. It provides scalable real-time global Illumination for large scenes and has already been implemented in Cuisine Royale, another online game by Gaijin Entertainment. The “Northern Wind” update brings this technology to War Thunder on PC (when using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX or in medium quality on any DirectX 11 video card) and Xbox One. Ray Traced Global Illumination ensures that the in-game lighting is realistic, immersive, natural in appearance while making sure that it suits the time of day and weather on the battle map. This system reacts to game events like explosions and the destruction of objects making sure the shading is correct in real-time without any major compromise to performance for players. Xbox One and PC users also get the HDR technology support to provide brighter highlights and a wider range of colour detail.
A full list of updates brought by the “Northern Wind” is available at the official War Thunder website www.warthunder.com
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