Tomb Raider 2013 creators and AMD announce collaboration
Tomb Radier 2013 creators go all out for Lara's locks
The guys in suits at AMD headquarters must be the happiest people in the world right now. Not only is the firm providing the graphics hardware for the up coming PS4 console, but it’s also believed to be doing the same with the heavily rumoured Xbox 720.
And now the firm has added another big shot client to its books – Tomb Raider 2013 creators Crystal Dynamics.
The pair have today announced a collaboration which saw them work extensively on a new technology called TressFX Hair, which AMD describes as “the world’s first in-game implementation of a real-time, per-strand hair physics system.”
The kit allowed the game’s developers to create an incredibly detailed per-strand effect on Lara Croft’s bob, making her look more life-like – probably because she’s worth it [much like a former Geordie TV talent show judge who we’re currently cooing over].
“With the launch of ‘Tomb Raider’ and TressFX Hair, AMD and Crystal Dynamics have radically pushed the boundaries of realism in the PC gaming experience,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics.
“Over the past several months, AMD has proven that the Gaming Evolved program is set to full throttle, and today’s launch is a testament to AMD’s ingenuity and innovation. Our team is working with the finest game developers in the world to ensure AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics deliver the ultimate PC gaming experience.”
And it would seem all that hard work has paid off. Tomb Raider 2013 has held on to the top spot in the UK Games Charts for a second week in a row, despite facing stiff competition from other popular titles such as God of War: Ascention and StarCraft 2.
The game, released on March 5, has already recieved rave reviews from critics, with many praising its high graphics quality.