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  1. Like many on this forum I've played since the first alpha. Seeing the game shape up to something truly worth playing is great, but the devs seem to have driven shadow quality down a lot as a hasty way to improve performance. While the overall color palette in regards to lighting has improved compared to earlier version of the game, shadow quality has gone to a point I personally find a bit ridiculous for a game being developed this decade. Sadly I no longer have any of the older builds to check, but in pre-steam versions shadow quality was good enough for every bit of grass to draw it's own shadow, so I went through youtube to find an example for this. After the developers messed around a bit with distant field shadows in v6 ( which were promptly removed for performance reasons ) shadow quality took a major hit. Shadow resolution has gone so low that grass lacks any kind of shadow now. This was before the overall color palette for all the maps changed, so it doesn't look as bad now, but shadow resolution seems to pretty much have remained the same, which is dissapointing. This is pretty much what the game looks like now. The above screenshots are with all settings on EPIC. While Squad isn't a great looking game and considering it's scale it probably never will be, still it gets the job done. But shadows, even on epic, look downright BAD, there is no other way to put this. Some maps, and even some map layers, are more guilty than other. Shadow resolution is so low that even player models aren't more than blurry blobs, we had better looking shadows back in Battlefield 2. I know that many people have trouble running the game still, but is there any chance that we can get a bit of an upgrade in this area? We used to be able to set shadow resolution seperately, why not go back to that? Looking back at how sharp everything used to look, it is painful to see how ugly the game has become. Lighting is probably THE MOST important factor, more than textures or geometry, to the overall looks of a scene. Pick any game released a decade ago and they had better looking shadows.
  2. Shadows settings

    Just wondering if there is any intent to make the visuals that appear when the shadows setting is set to "medium" the minimum setting. Currently if you set your shadows to "low" it completely removes all forms of shadows and darkened lighting which is a horribly unfair advantage. I did not notice any framerate difference between using the two settings. I can't imagine most players would considering Squad is so CPU bound. TLDR: Low shadows equals no shadows. Remove the setting and make the minimum setting for shadows "medium".
  3. Hello dear Developers, Being involved with your game since the release on Steam and being part of core community, we in our unit have always been wondering will you make Squad cheater/exploit proof in the future. Being approched by some people saying that editing Squad ini files are allowed and better yet encouraged to do for better performance for the price of good graphics was disturbing to say the least. A topic explaining how to ruin your graphical visuals which is also pinned on this forum can be found here on this link: I have tried to manipulate the settings like in the tutorial, and edited the ini files. And its unspeakable of what I have found. The gorgeous game that I have known is absolutelly disguasting and gross looking. The lightning is gross, there are no shadows, grass in the distance does not render, the detail of the gun is awful, the detail of the map reminds me of a game from 90s. Theres just no depth to the visual look of the game. That being said I gained on performance. I also (and this is IMPORTANT) gained advantage (which I could clearly see and feel) over other players. Because there was no shadows and some foilage was missing in the distance, all this combined with my good shooting ability made me easily see the enemy and dominate. Its like being on easy mode. We have always been wondering why sometimes some people could do certain stuff and shoot us from weird angles, even though we already knew how, now we tried it first hand. And the whole experience is horrible and disapointing. As I am a leader of my unit this sort of stuff is very important to form my decision if I shall invest our efforts, like we did so far, further around your game. I would like to know if this whole ordeal will get adressed and in what way? Will there be some sort of protection against exploits? When can we expect it? I would not post this if I was not being directed to the pinned thread on this forum explaining how to exploit the graphical settings. Thank you for your time, Rain
  4. Hi guys, my shadows are unbelievable Dark! Please help me on this one! :'( With Shadows on Medium: http://imgur.com/a/I60pt With Shadows Disabled(ShadowQuality "0") on GameUserSettings: http://imgur.com/a/Agw0T Any idea to fix this? What's going on? i saw some streamers playing on the tunnels of Fools Road and it wasn't like this at all!
  5. Buldings shadows artifacts

    Since new patch I discovered new bug with shadows. Depending on perspective, black quads are appearing randomly: Saw this on Sumari and Jensen's Range. I got shadows set to "High". Before patch no problems with them.
  6. I'm confused as to why shadows have been removed from plants and grass, at least on 'Chora'. I noticed this a few weeks ago, but didn't want to bring it up until at least another update was released. Well the latest update is now out, and the patch notes even mention some improvement to Chora - and yet the shadow are still non-existent. Please, please someone tell me this isn't a permanent feature!? Here's how it used to look: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XUU8htYOS8Uk4ybjNoeHo4alU/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XUU8htYOS8TWI1TXlKWlg1N1U/view?usp=sharing Here's how it looks now: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XUU8htYOS8SXJnMU96QjVCbGs/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XUU8htYOS8QXBRX0VlV3VVLUk/view?usp=sharing
  7. Hi Couldn't see anywhere else to post this so here we are. With epic setting all shadows in distance flicker about 2 times a second. Gives the appearance of camera flash in distance. Card R9-390 with about 40-60 FPS Thanks
  8. It seems like that devs are going for full dynamic shadows in this game. Of course its great for visual fidelity and realism, but what about computers that can't run them? For now it seems that gamers who can't run dynamic shadows, can disable then completely and that gives them unfair advantage. Sometimes it might be good idea to hide in shadows, but if your enemy don't see them your cover gets blown immediately. There is also that in the compounds the floor gets full sunlight even though there is a cealing on top of you. If it was possible, the best way to counter this would be to give an option to use baked shadows if your computer can't run them, and not giving option to disable shadows completely. That way dark corners would be dark to everyone. Foliage seems to be a lot darker and denser when dynamic shadows are enabled, and when disabled, everything gets light green and enemies are much easier to spot At this point no one who plays the game competively uses them shadows (youtube videos), and that is gamebreaking. What do you think?