In this 2017 GDC session, Zabir Hoque and Ben Laidlaw walk you through the optimizations they made to the vertex caching pipeline of Halo 5: Guardians to make the game's destruction come alive.
Together, the pair showcased how geometry caching allows for the creation of vastly complex motions and interactions that are baked into a convenient format, doing for dynamic environments what motion capture does for character animation.
It was a fascinating talk that dived deep into the technical side of a big-budget Halo game, and it's well worth watching now that it's available (for free!) on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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