Raising the bar on Unity’s visual quality
Enemies showcases the power and capabilities of the Unity platform for creating high-end, visually compelling content – making it possible for any creative team to fully realize its vision. Our real-time 3D (RT3D) technology is constantly evolving to meet the ever-growing expectations creators have for visual quality and realism.
Digital humans in Unity
Enemies expands on the work done for The Heretic, which featured Unity’s first realistic digital human. Improvements include:
- A better 4D pipeline
- Skin Attachment system on the GPU to allow for high-density meshes (e.g., peach fuzz)
- More realistic eyes with caustics on the iris
- A new skin shader
- Tension tech for blood flow simulation and wrinkle maps, eliminating the need for a facial rig for fine details
The tech behind Enemies
All High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) features have been improved and some new systems were introduced, including Adaptive Probe volumes and Screen Space Global Illumination (SSGI). Real-time ray traced reflections, ray traced ambient occlusion, and native support for NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) allow the demo to run at 4K with image quality comparable to native resolution.
Strand-based, real-time Hair solution
For the protagonist’s highly realistic locks, the Demo team and Unity’s R&D team collaborated on an all-new Hair solution for authoring, importing, simulating, and rendering strand-based hair. It works with any authoring tools that output data in the Alembic format. In Enemies, the team used Maya XGen, and is validating the pipeline with Weta Barbershop.
The Hair Solution is now available as an experimental package on Unity's GitHub. Requires Unity 2020.2.0f1 or later.
The demo was featured in the Unity booth at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) on March 23-25 for attendees to check out as a standalone or running in the Unity Editor.
Q3 2022: The Digital Human Package has been updated, available for download now.
Take a deep dive into the tech behind Enemies to learn how the Demo team brought this photorealistic protagonist to life. In this video, Mark Schoennagel walks you through the techniques and technology developed for achieving photorealistic eyes, hair, skin, and more – all rendered in real-time and running in 4K resolution.
Our high-fidelity demos showcase Unity’s continuous advancements in real-time rendering. The Demo team has won two Webby Awards and is much lauded at film festivals and online.
The Heretic showcases Gawain, the team’s highly realistic digital human. It uses every aspect of HDRP and features advanced effects created with VFX Graph.
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The Neon environment uses only Asset Store models. It was created with Unity 2017.1, the Post-Processing Stack v1, and Volumetric lighting packages.
Adam is a short film created by the Demo team and rendered in real-time. It was built to showcase and test the graphical quality achievable with Unity at the time.
About Unity’s Demo productions
Focusing on graphics, the Demo team explores what is possible with Unity and pushes its limits with their autonomous and innovative creative projects. The team consists of experienced game professionals led by Creative Director Veselin Efremov, who writes and directs the demos and is responsible for their final look.
Writer, director, cinematography
Lasse Jon Fuglsang Pedersen
Art director and 3D artist
Plamen “Paco” Tamnev
Additional 3D art
Additional art consultant
3D and 4D scanning
4D data preprocessing
Pole Position Production
Patrick Goodwin, Zdravko Pavlov, Snappers, Bottleship, Mihail Moskov, Elina Marjomaa, Niklas Nyberg
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