Video: The technology behind the sand in Journey


Journey takes place in a vast and lonely desert. With the player spending all of their time in an environment filled with sand, it’s important to get it right. What did it take to render the sand in Journey

In this 2013 GDC session, thatgamecompany’s John Edwards goes over the technical details of how sand was implemented in Journey.

Edwards also covers thatgamecompany’s approach to graphics in general, and discussing how time was spent during the three year development cycle. 

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