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Surface Tension: Liquid Effects in The Last of Us


In The Last of Us you spill a lot of blood during melee combat and gun fighting. It was important that the effects had a realistically rendered appearance even if the amount and use of blood was stylized. The blood and water in the game needed to have the physical properties of liquid, such as surface tension, reflection and refraction, all represented by a shader on a particle. This session goes in depth to show the tools and shader techniques developed for the blood and water particles in The Last of Us.

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