Wargaming has announced that World of Tanks will support Ray Tracing via Intel’s oneAPI. Wargaming will be using ray tracing for for shadows and lighting in direct sunlight, and will support both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 graphics cards.
As Wargaming stated:
“With the introduction of our Ray Tracing (RT) technology—developed at Wargaming with close collaboration with Intel—we can recreate the ‘main actors’ of our game in higher quality; their smallest details will give super-realistic shadows when the sun hits them. Ray Tracing further immerses you in an atmosphere of furious tank combat and provides an even more enjoyable gameplay experience.”
This is a really interesting implementation as it will not require DX12 or DXR. Not only that, but all DX11-capable GPUs will be able to support these upcoming Ray Tracing features. However, the Ray Tracing effects will be present only for intact vehicles. Damaged vehicles will not have any RT effects, so I don’t really see what’s the point here. Still, DX11 PC owners will be able to get a taste of Ray Tracing effects.
According to Intel, oneAPI Rendering Toolkit is meant to be used to develop high-performance, high-fidelity, extensible, and cost-effective visualization applications through rendering libraries.
All in all, this doesn’t sound as advanced as the Ray Tracing effects that most DXR games are currently using. Still, we believe that this implementation will allow more and more gamers to experience RT on their machines. And that is good news… at least in our opinion.
Wargaming has not announced when it will be adding Ray Tracing to World of Tanks, however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted!