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AMD helps Firaxis create a "truly exceptional DirectX 12 renderer"

by Mark Tyson on 14 July 2016, 10:31


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AMD has announced that it is working closely with 2K and Firaxis Games in a technical partnership, in order to help implement a "world class DirectX 12 experience with full support for Asynchronous Compute and Explicit Multi-Adapter". We are told that PC gamers will feel the benefit of the "truly exceptional DirectX 12 renderer" in the upcoming Sid Meier's Civilization VI game.

With its highly detailed scenes of 'unit rich' landscpes and sprawling civilizations, this high-performance and highly-parallelised game engine will benefit greatly from the DirectX 12 implementation. AMD has previously helped in the production of Civilisation titles; in Civilization V it helped implement DirectX 11, and in Civilization: Beyond Earth we saw it leverage the Mantle API plus Split Frame Rendering for multi-GPU.

Roy Taylor, CVP of alliances, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD, crowed about AMD's apparently growing advantage in next generation DirectX 12 content. "We're thrilled to bring our leading DirectX 12 hardware and expertise to bear in the next instalment of the Civilization franchise, which has long been adored by gamers for its intoxicating mix of beautiful graphics and hopelessly addictive gameplay".

Taking advantage of this news, AMD reminds us of the DirectX 12 Asynchronous Compute support on GCN and new Polaris graphics cards which facilitates parallel execution of compute and graphics tasks, speeding up processing. Furthermore DirectX 12 Explicit Multi-Adapter will be implemented in Civilization VI bringing higher framerates, lower input latency, capacity for higher image quality and more for those with multiple GPUs.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is available for pre-order now on Windows PC, noted AMD. It will be released worldwide on 21st October priced at $59.99/£49.99/EUR 59.99. As well as featuring extensive DirectX 12 support, there will be a built-in benchmark. Inevitably there is a Civilization VI Digital Deluxe Edition, and this adds four post-launch DLC packs and a 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack.

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Non-propriatary help like this is exactly what vendors should be working on to best benefit gamers, kudos AMD and Firaxis.
I might be getting a Radeon then, to go with a Zen cpu within the year. Looking forward to Civ 6 though I'm unlikely to buy day one. I still have Civ 5 to master and Beyond Earth to get into.
Would much rather they helped implement a world class Vulkan experience.
Would much rather they helped implement a world class Vulkan experience.

I'm sure they will if a developer asks them to. But I don't think AMD are in any position to try to dictate to developers that they use Vulkan over DX12. They just need to get as much involvement in dev relations as they can.
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Looking forward to Civ 6 though I'm unlikely to buy day one.
Unsure about the graphical style, but definitely will be waiting till the complete edition is a sensible price before considering it. Had enough of buying games then being expected to spend the same again on expansions packs.

Back to more on topic, I wondering if it's worth getting an OS update at some point to support all this wonderfulness? Silly Microsoft.