Blade sharpens HydroEngine

Blade sharpens HydroEngine
Michael French

By Michael French

April 12th 2007 at 11:00AM

Blade Interactive has taken the wraps off its new HydroEngine, which offers physically accurate real-time fluid dynamics simulation.

The engine is the centrepiece of a new PS3/360 survival adventure game Blade is producing called Hydrophobia. The studio previously produced the World Snooker Championship series of games for Sega.

“Our HydroEngine is the result of nearly 3 years intensive development work," commented Dr Huw Lloyd, Blade's R&D director. “Water in games has so far been merely a flat plane with ripple effects and other graphical smoke and mirrors applied to it. The HydroEngine is different in one key respect -  the water  flows.  It looks and behaves exactly like real water. Nothing like this has ever been seen in games before.”

He added: “We could have been forgiven if we had merely produced a tech demo, but this new game is a robust next gen game in its own right that pushes the limits of the new consoles.”