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Beamdog just gave Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition a big graphical boost

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Beamdog have released the latest development updates to Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition for everyone, and it comes with some wonderful upgrades.

As we reported on before during the Beta, several noteworthy graphical boosts have been added to it. These can really change and improve the RPG experience found here. Beamdog are absolutely comitted to making it the best it can be, with this update being the biggest since the Enhanced Edition release back in 2018.

What's inside? For starters, a whole new lighting engine with:

  • Physically based rendering (PBR), with emulation of specular reflection, surface “roughness”, Fresnel-effects and gamma correction. All in all, this gives a more realistic and “natural” look.
  • Tone mapping that prevents color distortion of bright lights and enables overbright.
  • Per-pixel lighting rather than per-vertex of the old setup, yielding much more precise light illumination levels relative to distance.
  • Full dynamic lighting, supporting up to 32 dynamic lights (previously NWN effectively only supported 6).

Check out a quick example of the difference some of it can make:

Left old / Right new. See a bigger comparison on this dedicated page.

Plus new water rendering, new grass rendering, plenty of other smaller graphical fixes and improvements. There's also some huge pathfinding improvements, getting stuck on random objects should be a thing of the past. Big improvements to modding once again, like access to the full SQLite API to get into campaigns, modules and the player. Loads more to be found in the patch notes.

Really great to see Beamdog continue to make such a great RPG constantly better. Will be very fun to see what else they have cooking up for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition.

You can pick up Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition from GOG and Steam.

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DrMcCoy 20 Sep, 2020
Seriously, using a common phrase of speech literally? Yeah, you're not arguing in good faith, troll.
DrMcCoy 20 Sep, 2020
You know what, I'm just going to block you.
Purple Library Guy 21 Sep, 2020
Quoting: mos
Quoting: DrMcCoyYou're comparing apples and oranges.
bravo you're just defeated your own point. apples and oranges have quite a few things in common you know. It's debating whether one is unequivocally better than the other is silly.
Hrm, no. You're right in a sense, but that's not really what the expression means. The point is you're talking as if they are both apples and saying "This is a much crappier apple than the other one because it has a really thick skin which tastes really weird when you bite into it, and like a good apple has seeds only in the core and you just eat around the core, but this apple had seeds all through these funny segment things so if I wasn't careful I'd bite right into them and--" and McCoy is saying that's because you're comparing an orange.
mos 21 Sep, 2020
Gosh.. Escalated quckly. I never intended to troll anyone. U were so dismissive of my argument to begin with, but its u who are trolled supposedely
First throws memes at an honest argument then rageblocks or whatever
Whos trolling here?)
All I was saying what iwd and diablo try to do could be mapped to each other without too much of a stretch. Even before I argued my case he got touchy. Guess theres no point now)
mos 21 Sep, 2020
Quoting: Purple Library Guyyou're talking as if they are both apples
guess I wasn't clear but no, I'm not. and the expression probably doesn't fit in this case anyway, bc superficially they're quite different, I'm not denying that. Look and feel I mean. So there's no confusing one for another, thus comparing the incomparable parts, that's for sure.
mos 22 Sep, 2020
Is it possible to play in fullscreen but with non-desktop resolution?
It seems the only option it offers is either windowed or fullscreen locked to desktop res - no matter the combination of options I put into settings.tml
4K is a tad too much for my rig with all the bells and whistles of the EE...

EDIT: apparently no. what silliness.

Last edited by mos on 22 September 2020 at 3:29 pm UTC
slaapliedje 23 Sep, 2020
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Quoting: mos
Quoting: DrMcCoyYou're comparing apples and oranges.
bravo you're just defeated your own point. apples and oranges have quite a few things in common you know. It's debating whether one is unequivocally better than the other is silly.
I think the idea that while they are both fruit, the orange needs to be peeled, is naturally divided into slices, and also citrus flavored as well as have the tendency to shoot you in the eye with acidic juice! Apples have none of those qualities (unless you are odd and peel your apple skins off).
mos 23 Sep, 2020
Quoting: slaapliedjeapple skins
are yummy tho
mos 23 Sep, 2020
the very first dialog is eerily relevant in 2020
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