If there’s one element that shows just how far computer game graphics have advanced in recent years, it’s the characters’ hair. Those of certain age may recall a time when this part of the human body was represented by nothing more complex than a square block. Today, studios hire character artists who specialize in recreating beautiful, flowing locks within games.
As reported by Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett, one of these talented individuals is Johan Lithvall from Swedish development studio and publisher Starbreeze Studios. He worked with developer Guerrilla Games on the recent PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn, which, in addition to being one of the best reasons to buy a PS4, has some of the most incredible hair ever seen on digital characters.
Lithvall, along with a number of other people, was behind the stunningly realistic, thick red hair sported by Horizon protagonist Aloy. He also worked on the equally impressive locks (and beards) seen on many other Zero Dawn characters.
You can see more of Lithvall’s work on his personal site, where he explains how he and his colleagues had to overcome technical difficulties in order to implement their own version of AMD’s TressFX hair physics system on the PS4, which had only been used on high-end PC games before Horizon.
As someone who shares the same hairstyle as Jeff Bezos, I can only look on in envy at the quality of the hair Lithvall designs. Check out some more of his creations from Horizon Zero Dawn below.