- Halo 5: Guardians technical artist Ben Laidlaw
GDC 2017 is upon us, which means we at Gamasutra are kicking off a new set of streams where we interview GDC speakers about their work to get you ready for their talk at the show. And today, we sat down with 343 Industries technical artist Ben Laidlaw to ask why he was so interested in telling the world about geometry caching.
For those who have no idea what that phrase means, geometry caching is a technique used by 343 Industries to create some of the explosions and dynamic environment in a way that’s comparable to motion capture animation. That may seem extremely specific, but as Laidlaw explained in the stream above, it’s a technique that could also be used for generating jungle environments, in-game crowds, and more.
“I went to GDC last year and thought someone else would steal our thunder already [on geometry caching]. The more I researched it, we were one of the few people who went down this road,” Laidlaw explained. While Laidlaw says he and his co-speaker Zabir Hoque can’t go into the full specifics of Halo’s engine, he hopes to present the full process of geometry caching in as agnostic a way as possible to be useful to technical artists of all backgrounds.
Be sure to watch the full chat with Laidlaw above, which also includes some interesting information about what it takes to be a technical artist at a place like 343. And while you’re at it, subscribe to the Gamasutra Twitch channel for more developer interviews, editor roundtables, and gameplay commentary.
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