The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition release for the PC is getting closer, this will be first DirectX 12 title. In a chat with Eurogamer, the developer of the game said some interesting things.
Cam McRae, the Technical Director for the Windows 10 version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has said “We are still hard at work optimising the game. DirectX 12 allows us much better control over the CPU load with heavily reduced driver overhead. Some of the overhead has been moved to the game where we can have control over it. Our main effort is in parallelising the rendering system to take advantage of multiple CPU cores”.
He continued: “Command list creation and D3D resource creation are the big focus here. We’re also pulling in optimisations from UE4 where possible, such as pipeline state object caching. On the GPU side, we’ve converted SSAO to make use of async compute and are exploring the same for other features, like MSAA”.
Cam McRae said they also work on the high-resolution side of things, with MSAA and FXAA both being supported without a frame rate look. “We have put significant effort into making the Windows 10 version a showcase at 4K, geo and textures were re-authored with 4K in mind so the visual fidelity will really scale up on higher-end hardware. We plan to uncap the frame-rate and will ship with a built-in benchmark mode. For anti-aliasing we’ll support MSAA and FXAA”.
For the frame rate side, McRae said that they are trying to get 30FPS even on lowerend PCs. He said: “While we haven’t locked how far the game will scale down, it is important to us to ensure good performance (at least 30fps) on a variety of hardware. We will support a broad range of resolutions as well as a variety of graphics options for gamers to tweak their setup”.
Gears of War Ultimate features:
Remastered for Dolby 7.1 Surround
New Xbox Live achievements (1,250 Gamerscore)
Concept art gallery and unlockable comics
Modernized Multiplayer featuring:
New game types – Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill (Gears of War 3 style), and new 2v2 Gnasher Execution
Total of 19 maps, including all DLC maps
17 unlockable Gears of War 3 characters for Multiplayer progression
More Match customization including Actives, Respawn Time, Self-revive and Weapon Respawn
Modernized gameplay with smoother movement and updated controls:
Alternate Controls and all new Tournament Controls
Adding the Gears of War 3 features you love: Enemy Spotting, Multiplayer Tac-Com, Improved sensitivity customization