World of Tanks enCore RT Demo App to Showcase Cutting-Edge Ray-Traced Shadows Tech

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Developed by Wargaming and Intel, the ray tracing and concurrent rendering tech improves the visual fidelity of World of Tanks on any PC supporting DirectX 11 and above

October 16, 2019 — Introduced in March 2018 as part of Update 1.0, the Core graphics engine significantly improved the visual fidelity of World of Tanks. Wargaming is continuing its efforts to develop the in-house engine further with the next version of Core supporting highly realistic ray-traced shadows. Anyone can take a peek at the graphical future by downloading the World of Tanks enCore RT demo app right now.

Ray-Traced Shadows tech allows for physically correct soft high-quality shadows that were previously unavailable in games. Working closely with Intel Advanced Rendering engineering team, Wargaming specialists developed a solution that allows the CPU to perform fast multi-threaded BVH construction and the GPU to perform ray tracing with compute shaders. The real strength of this tech is that it doesn’t require hardware that supports ray tracing; any DirectX 11 graphics card will do.

“Ray tracing is a true revolution in video game graphics that is happening before our eyes—and we at Wargaming are among the revolutionaries,” says Bronislav Sviglo, World of Tanks Render Team Lead. “The development of Ray-Traced Shadows tech with the help of our partners from Intel is just the beginning. Take a look at the fruits of our labor today—download World of Tanks enCore RT!”

Not only does the new WoT enCore RT feature Ray-Traced Shadows tech, it is also based on Update 1.6 of World of Tanks; in comparison, the 2017 version is based on Update 1.0. One of the main changes since Update 1.0 was the introduction of concurrent rendering (introduced with Update 1.4), which was developed in collaboration with Intel and provided a strong foundation for the implementation of Ray-Traced Shadows tech.

From October 16, World of Tanks enCore RT will be available to download at:

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About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is the first team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armoured warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with gamers all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 600 armoured vehicles from 11 nations, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

Official website: worldoftanks.com

About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus. Operating since 1998, Wargaming has grown to become one of the leaders in the gaming industry with 4500+ employees and offices spread all over the world. Over 200 million players enjoy Wargaming’s titles across all major gaming platforms. Their flagship products include the massively popular free-to-play hit World of Tanks and the strategic naval action game World of Warships.

Official website: wargaming.com

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