APEX Destruction enables artists to quickly generate pervasive destruction, which significantly enhances the gaming experience. The turnaround time for adding full or partial destruction to an object is a fraction of the time it once took, due to the fully artist-focused APEX Destruction tool. APEX Destruction provides support for full and partial destruction and both of these Destruction types can be gameplay affecting or not gameplay affecting. Regardless of the Destruction type you use, both will enhance realism in your game.
APEX Destruction is truly cross platform. You can author content once and later easily scale it up or down, based on the underlying hardware platform’s compute performance.
Use APEX Destruction for walls, statues, and fences, plus for more complex items like jointed objects and full buildings. The artist can simply apply any of the standard material fracture settings (glass, stone, wood, and brick/tiles) to any destructible object or adjust the standard settings to create the desired destruction behavior. In addition, these modified material fracture settings can be saved so they can be applied to other destructible objects.
Key features of APEX Destruction include:
- Artist-focused tool to ensure turnkey solutions
- Full artist control over the size of destructible pieces, damage characteristics, and destructible behavior
- Full and partial destruction support (gameplay or non gameplay-affecting destruction)
- Capability of applying any standard or modified material fracture setting (such as glass, wood, stone, brick, and tiles) to any object (walls, statures, fences, jointed objects or even full buildings)
- Cross-platform support (PC, PC+GPU, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Android and iOS)
- Ease of scalability for all supported gaming platforms
- Support for GPU-accelerated Rigid Body debris
- Support for networking and AI
- Level of Detail control - the amount of persistent destructible debris can be scaled up or down fairly easily to accommodate the capabilities of different hardware platforms
APEX Destruction Authoring Tool - PhysXLab
We designed the APEX Destruction tool (PhysXLab) with the artist in mind. This focus allows artists to quickly generate fully destructible environments that significantly enhance the overall gaming experience. Artists have full control over destructible object size and behavior, as well as different material settings. Additionally, a preview window lets them simulate the authored destructible assets, dramatically reducing iteration time for creating realistic and fully destructible environments. (see also PhysXLab Tutorials).
APEX Destruction Game/Demo Examples
Hawken Destruction Demo Level- GDC2013
Hawken destruction demo level using GPU Rigid Bodies (GRB's) with networking support for the best multiplayer game experience. The level provides totally new game play - you can open new pathways or destroy the ground underneath the mechs ...
Real-time dynamic fracture demo - GDC2013
Real-time dynamic fracture demo running on a single GTX680 @ 30fps using GPU Rigid Bodies (GRB's).
Destruction in Art Gallery Demo and Alice Madness Returns - GDC2012
Examples of APEX Destruction authoring (PhysXLab) and runtime in updated Art Gallery Demo and Alice Madness Returns.
Wreckateer is a puzzle demolition video game. Players use the Kinect motion sensor to launch and control projectiles from a ballista to their targets. The game was developed by Iron Galaxy Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the XBOX360.
Art Gallery - Massive Destruction in UE3
Everything in the Art Gallery demo is destructible, the drywalls, beams, ceilings even the wooden floors. The demo is using GPU rigid bodies (GRBs) to ensure that up to 10,000 rigid bodies can be simulated at the same time, which enables a massive degree of destruction unseen before in a game. This demo was was the work of one artist and was done in less than two weeks. It provides a excellent example of how APEX authoring tools allows artists to quickly generate destructible worlds.
APEX destruction was used in the Ragdoll demo to showcase a fully destructible multi-material wall composed drywall segments attached to wooden beams. The walls and beams can be destroyed by throwing ragdolls at them. While the wall looks great and is fully destructible, we made the environment more realistic by spawning physical particle debris during destruction.
Batman Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Batman was the first AAA title to showcase APEX Destruction by using GPU rigid bodies in the scarecrow level. APEX Destruction was also used throughout on the destructible floors.
UT3 Deck - with APEX Destruction
Using APEX Destruction, one techhnical artist-no PhysX programmers-spent only 5 days to convert a static game environment into a fully destructible environment. The result? A much more immersive game experience without changing actual game play.