World of Warships makes the water more beautiful

To hell with raytracing. Grease for your HDR. And VR, more like Very Rubbish. No, the only future graphics technology that matters is pretty much water. One of the few games that understands this is Sea Of Thieves, home to some of the most beautiful virtuoso water you have ever seen, while so many others neglect their duty to show me pretty fake water. So today I’m happy to see that the next big World Of Warships update brings a graphics overhaul, including fairly new water. It is pretty! Not pretty in Sea Of Thieves class, but definitely a better use of resources than goggles.

That video shows the new beauty from 5:40. And the developers explain in a blog post (with GIFs and lots of pictures) that they wanted to water up a bit last year and have now returned for another pass.

“In Update 0.10.1, we reworked the way the sun glitters on the water surface with a sun trail on the water,” they say. “We improved the quality of reflections, waves and areas with calm winds. Increased amplitude and velocity of waves on more maps.” Important water store right there. They have also created beautiful seabeds.

The update will also revise the look of the world over the water with new land textures, new flora (and more flora), new animations for birds and flags and things, new fire effects, new fog and more. But who cares about land? No one I trust.

I suppose Update 0.10.1 will also have new ships and the temporary return of Arms Race mode and other things, but that’s not nearly as important. Do they not know that this game is a watch-on-water simulator?

Servers will go down to roll out the patch Thursday morning. See this post for more details on it and other news that is not water. Oh! Seems like a waste to put resources into new boats when they could focus on making the water even more beautiful.

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