Ryse’s Marius Originally Had 130 Million Polygons, 147,456 × 147,456 Textures Before Optimization

It was pretty interesting to see the reaction of the internet when CryTek announced that the polygon count of Marius from Ryse: Son of Rome was reduced from 150,000 polygons to 85,000 due to optimization, but his initial numbers were actually much higher than that.

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Eonjay1494d ago (Edited 1494d ago )

Makes complete sense. I have seen model comparisons and you would be surprised how good low poly models compare to their high count originals. Not withstanding the incredible quality of CG; you can get acceptable visual quality from models that wont break you computer in half.

Abriael1494d ago

One day, my son, one day we'll have that kind of visual fidelity actually playing in our games.

I might be 50 by then, but it'll happen :D

And I mean 130 million after optimization.

TheOneWhoIsTornApart1494d ago

Do you remember the rumor a while back about Uncharted 4 having 1 million poly character models?. If anyone can pull that off its Naughty Dog. It will also be pushed further than that this generation too I'm willing to bet.

Dee_911494d ago

Its really pointless.. you can get a perfectly good, real looking model with a fraction of 130 million polys..
But that is insane though.. They probably model every bump and thread lol

nypifisel1494d ago

You better hope the development tools improves a hell of a lot or you'll see a game per decade :>

gaffyh1494d ago

130 million poly model probably accounted for a lot of smoothing. Its perfectly normal to drop down from a number like that as normal mapping and bump mapping tend to give great results in the end.

ShinMaster1494d ago

A lot of character models in other games had millions of polygons originally before downscaling for the game.

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fossilfern1493d ago

Why would you? Its the law of diminishing returns. Having all those polygons would be kind of pointless in terms of performance and only benefit the fanboys and the ego of the developer.

PurpHerbison1493d ago

By the time that happens I will have probably been pushed so far away from video games by future business decisions.

Aery1493d ago

Zbrush is one of my favorite tool ever. I love it.

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Geoff9001494d ago

Well considering they use a rendering farm to render the models, yes they are going to look great.

After they create the models and are happy with them, they lower the pixel count, so that they can achieve what they want with the game/hardware etc.

Although many people think PC's/consoles have unlimited power, they have massive limitations, compared to what servers have.

A films CGI can use a million polygons just for a face of a character for instance.

Truth is developers have to scale what they are doing, for a multitude of reasons, inc PC.

They have to consider the average specs of peoples computers, the frame rate, resolutions, frame drops, crashing, bugs, tearing, although PC's have higher tier hardware, it still has to be considered.

As games get more and more complex, development will take longer and longer to develop, thus meaning having more powerful hardware won't give you the best looking game, it's already starting to happen now.

Magicite1494d ago

Before Optimization? What optimization? This game is technical nightmare.

Tomden021494d ago

Still best looking game on any system to date

enfestid1494d ago

"Technical nightmare" must have a new meaning.

fr0sty1494d ago (Edited 1494d ago )

Most games do this, even PS3/360 games. Start with a super high detailed model, then use it to build your normal maps, then make a lower poly model and normal map it to give the illusion of more detail.

Mariusmssj1494d ago

If only they spent more time on the story and the game-play itself we might have had a good game. Now they made these characters which could not even actually work, that is just time wasted.

system221493d ago

a good shader/texture goes a long ways on low poly geo. pretty good these days.

PudgeySan1493d ago

hmmm... You would think they would call it De-optimization considering its going from an optimal state to a non optimal state.

Scenarist1493d ago

Matter of fact its the norm to create hi res models and then "bake" them. Still keeps all of the details of the high res models .. and the only way to tell the difference in real world terms, as far as games anyway, depends on how realistic the lighting system is.. (and for realtime lights we dont have to worry about that this gen)

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Convas1494d ago

Man oh man. Crytek did some incredible work with Ryse: Son of Rome and this was at console launch.

Imagine what Crytek will do with Ryse: Knights of England with more development time.


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KonsoruMasuta1494d ago (Edited 1494d ago )

Hopefully they actually focus on good gameplay the second time around. Ryse is a prime example of what happens when a developer spends all their time and funds on visuals. You got a pretty games with poor gameplay.

Graphically - It was amazing.

Gameplay wise - It failed to Ryse to expectations.

Concertoine1494d ago

Crytek in general have that problem. Style over substance. Imo their last game where gameplay and graphics were balanced was Crysis 1.

KonsoruMasuta1494d ago (Edited 1494d ago )

What's with all the disagrees? Look, I'm not trying to get a Ryse out of people, I'm just sharing my opinion. Ryse was pretty bland in the gameplay department, the 60/100 on metacritic speaks for itself. I admit that Ryse is one of the best looking games of the generation but that doesn't save the game. You need more than good graphics.

I think Crytek needs to Ryse up and raise the bar in the gameplay area.

Ipunchbabiesforfun1494d ago

I swear to god if you make one more pun...

cozomel1494d ago

You'll what? puch him like you punch babies for fun? Which btw, i'd like to be able to do too, punch babies that is

ovnipc1494d ago

Ryse the story was good. The game play was great, the last 2 chapter are awesome. Killzone has great visuals but was boring. Now iss its awesome. Idk if it cause i love history and spartans, romans, and german soldiers are my passion but ryse the ending was amazing.

Ipunchbabiesforfun1493d ago

Hahaha i love kids, it's just a stupid phrase I use to be dumb.

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juliotheman211494d ago

Hopefully they make the game less repetitive

ShinMaster1494d ago

None of that made it onto the game.

A lot of character models in other games had millions of polygons originally before downscaling for the game.

christocolus1494d ago


The sequel to ryse directed by todd pappy and built with dx12/cryengine would be a sight to behold.

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zyphee1494d ago

Probably created in Zbrush, but every character has millions and millions of polys before the artists retopoligize it to make it renderable.

N4g_null1493d ago

Finally some one that knows their tech. It could be mud box also.

Majin Uchiha1494d ago

God the game must have looked insane then, because retail Ryse is still the best looking next gen game so far (or second best after infamous)

Abriael1494d ago

Back then it wasn't even a game :D That kind of models are optimized quite a bit before they're even put in the engine.

CrossingEden1494d ago (Edited 1494d ago )

Human eye can't tell the difference. After a certain threshold there's nothing to tell the models apart.
For example
This is due to diminishing returns
unfortunate but very true, there's not really a point in bragging about polycount or ragging on about a reduced polycount because you'd never be able to tell the difference anyway on a high fidelity model.
EDIT:Gotta love the stealth disagrees from bitter people who can't disprove facts.

christian hour1494d ago

The phantom disagrees might be about the "human eye can't tell the difference" part, sure to the casual viewer there may be no difference, but to technophiles and media/digital artists of all mediums, it's still noticeable. Maybe less and less noticeable as the polygon counts go higher than 100,000.

But you can't argue with the law of diminishing returns, thats a stone cold fact, people can't constantly expect the same graphical leap generation from generation. My brother cant tell the difference between ps3/360 and ps4/xbone but... he is casual to the core. We can of course :)

Hope I can even out those agree's for ya and get you a second bubble ;)

Hicken1494d ago

There's a reason he's down to one bubble, and part of it has to do with the premise he has, which is typical of him.

EVENTUALLY, there'll be a point where we can't tell the difference, but we're still a ways from that. Not to mention, it'll definitely be a difference when you consider how these models look in motion, with fabrics and hair included.

It's not so different, though, from how many can't CURRENTLY tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. There was a time, back before I got an HDTV, where I couldn't tell the difference either. Then I upgraded, watched and played everything in 1080- though sometimes it was upscaled- and the difference was glaringly obvious when the resolution was dropped to 720. But it took acclimatization for that, and I'm sure it'll take that for others.

Disregarding that just to make your point is being disingenuous. Which CrossingEden is known for.

Ninjatogo1494d ago

Whenever someone posts images like those you just did, I just assume they don't understand what they're talking about. So, with that said, here's my attempt at explaining why that's wrong.

When sculpting/modelling in 3D, you can add more fine details to your model using a couple of methods. These methods can range from adding normal/bump map to actually altering the model geometry.

The easiest to understand is the subdivision method, which increases the polygon count of the model by dividing each polygon a certain number of times. Using this method, you can make smaller, more detailed edits to the mesh surface. However, simply pressing the subdivide button WILL NOT give you more detail; doing so will simply smooth the hard/sharp edges of the mesh. You have to put that detail in yourself.

The first image you posted show a high res model which was simply subdivided without adding additional detail. The second image is a mesh which was decimated from the third one down, and subdivided to produce the fourth one.

Subdividing is great when used on a mesh which will be animated; it can smooth out edges which would produce sharp corners when bent. (Wrinkles on characters/joints such as knees and elbows/etc)

Trekster_Gamer1494d ago

Dumbass Sony Trolls will disagree with anything positive about Xbox one.

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InTheLab1494d ago

Ryse visually reminds me of God of War on a smaller scale. Imagine if inFamous SS was a linear game like Ryse...oh boy.

While Marius might be the best looking character on consoles, inFamous is the overall champ so far.

Flutterby1494d ago

Exactly , infamous has the best graphics so far on console and does it at a solid frame rate and 1080p. Easily the best so far easily.

DoubleM701493d ago

I agree to disagree RYSE is still the best looking game so far. RYSE has hundred of characters fighting on screen with a high polygon count still going on. Not to mention the beautiful setting of Rome. Now I do give Infamous props for being an open world, but it still looks sterile.

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