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Hedgehog Engine

The Hedgehog Engine is the graphics engine for the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 versions of Sonic Unleashed, the Console/PC versions of Sonic Generations, the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.[1] It took three years of development for the Hedgehog Engine to be made starting from 2005.[2]

Description

The Hedgehog Engine is a graphics engine, and has no bearings on gameplay style. It is only compatible with the Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC because the Wii's and Nintendo 3DS's hardware isn't powerful enough to handle its next-gen lighting and visual effects. The engine is not to be confused with Havok, which is related to certain physics tasks, or Sonic Team's in-house engine used for gameplay. Hedgehog Engine is also used in the game Sonic Generations. Sonic Generations was in development for two years from 2009.

As well as featuring camera position changes and a blend of classic elements from other Sonic games, the Hedgehog Engine also uses a revolutionary new piece of technology. This was called the "light-field", which can create CGI quality graphics in the in-game graphics system. The basic concept of the Light-field is that light bounces off every single thing on screen, creating an ultra realistic look on the area around. Also, not only did the graphics around Sonic change, but so did Sonic's model. Light is reflected off of him too, to make sure that he didn't look "out of place" as many reviewers would claim from past Sonic games. This was the longest part of the Hedgehog Engine to make, taking three years to develop.

Features

Features of the Hedgehog Engine include:

  • Pre-Baked Global Illumination (GI)
  • GI Generated Textures
  • Post Processed HDR Bloom
  • Eye adaptaion & HDR lighting
  • Color grading and tone mapping
  • Light-field character illumintation
  • Dynamic shadows
  • Motion blur & depth of field
  • Multi-Core support

Trivia

  • The engine is obviously named after Sonic's species, the hedgehog.

References

  1. Sonic Sochi Wii U Lighting swap. YouTube. ItsHelias94 (30 December 2015). Retrieved on 2 November 2015.
  2. Hedgehog Engine took 3 years to develop.
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