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The Crew is a community-based action-driving game set in a massive open-world, developed by Ivory Tower for next-gen consoles and high-end PC, in partnership with Ubisoft Entertainment.

Unit Image, creators of the cinematic trailer, have not given any details of the tools or pipeline used for the VFX piece, but they have released a ‘making of’ video. It shows several scenes from the trailer in different rendered states such as wireframe model, untextured with global illumination, textures and lighting, and particles and effects.

Read on to see The Crew trailer, the ‘making of’ video and high res screenshots.

 

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Another day, another slew of E3 2013 game trailers. Here we can see both of the Call Of Duty: Ghosts gameplay videos, ‘Into The Deep’ and ‘No Man’s Land’, that featured in the ‘All Access Gameplay Preview’, except without the 20 minutes of tedious plastic presenters waffle. The Remember Me Neo Paris 2084 Trailer is a lovely motion graphics piece showing the differences between modern day Paris and the imagined futuristic version of the game setting. The Watch Dogs – “Exposed” and Thief 4 trailers are beautifully rendered cinematics. Finally the Wolfenstein: The New Order trailer is … erm, well a bit odd, but worth a watch. Read on to see all six videos.

 

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Here is the second batch of E3 2013 game trailer goodies. In this selection we have long-awaited sequels and some brand new titles. It’s shaping up to be a great year ahead for gamers with some beautiful looking games for both current and next-gen consoles. Read on to see six more game trailers.

 

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E3 2013 is in full swing and the internet is awash with next-gen console specs, corporate hyperbole and fanboy rivalry. More importantly, there is also a veritable shedload of amazing looking game trailers. This is the first in a series of round ups to whet your appetite featuring a mix of next-gen teasers, cinematic and gameplay trailers.

 

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Ubisoft have released a freaky reveal trailer for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon in the style of an 8o’s cartoon series, complete with VHS style tracking, scratches and chroma offset effects. The campaign also includes a takeover of the Far Cry 3 website, with a nice motion graphics hack of the old site leading to the Blood Dragon site.

The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.

Read on to watch the videos.

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VFX artist Jose Jacas was hired by Blizzard Entertainment Europe to make a trailer for the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Expansion event in Versailles, France. The result is a fun integration of real world and game world action.

The concept was to create a Zerg invasion of the city, integrating 3D models from the Starcraft in-game cinematics into real environments filmed on location. Character animations were re-used from the game cinematics, with a few additions and tweaks by myself where needed. PFTrack was used, to a very high standard, for the 3D Tracking. Maya was utilised to create the animation and lighting, with some Cinema 4D help. Finally, it was all composited in Nuke with some After Effects/Particular bits.

Impressive work. Watch the final video below.

 

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Capcom have published a release-date trailer for Remember Me. If you can ignore the rather nauseating exposition, the visuals for this game look a real treat. The environments look amazing, like a Ridley Scott/Syd Mead inspired theme park that is just begging to be explored.

The user interface and motion graphics work look great as well. The usually overused chromatic aberration and TV scan line effects somehow seem fresh and work particularly well with the abstract 3D distortions seen in the ‘Mem­ory Remix’ scenes.
 

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Bungie have announced that they are developing Destiny for PS4 and PS3 as well as releasing two videos featuring the first gameplay footage and some striking new concept art to add to the previously leaked material. The artwork proved so inspiring to Russian designer Ilya V. Boykov he created his own Destiny art in motion animated trailer.
 
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Imaginary Forces takes the videogame cinematic to a new level with Sony’s God of War live action trailer. Is it any further removed from the game than a rendered cinematic? Or is it a forerunner to a movie? Read the blurb, then watch the trailer.

What drives a warrior to relentless brutality? Deceived into murdering his beloved wife and child by Ares, the brutal warrior Kratos of Sony’s “God of War” video game series has endlessly sought to avenge the unthinkable deed he was tricked into committing. Director Karin Fong peers past the gruesome ferocity to uncover the genuine humanity and emotion brought on by this pivotal moment in the affecting 2:00 live action trailer “From Ashes” for the launch of Sony’s “God of War: Ascension” title, produced direct-to-client.

See below for a visual FX breakdown of the scene in Allan McKay’s 2013 Reel as well as Imaginary Forces’ Blood and Ink teaser for God Of War Ascension.

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