Driveclub PS4 director explains missing shadows and more

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If you look at the latest gameplay video for Driveclub, you will notice that shadows aren’t present below the car and in some ways it doesn’t look realistic and feels like the car is disconnected from the track.

However, that is accurate lighting according to Driveclub director Paul Rustchynsky. He said that he has done real world tests and there’s nothing wrong with the shadows.

In a post on GAF, this is what he had to say:

I have to admit that it took me a while to get used to this, but it is entirely physically accurate – we don’t use fake shadows or mask sunlight by ambient occlusion, which often hides this ‘effect’.

Under strong lighting conditions and from the right angle there won’t be a shadow visible beneath the car. To show this I took a car out into the Evo car park, parked it so the sun was from directly behind and held a camera up in the air at similar angle to the chase camera.

Nothing is faked or baked in this image either ; ) Number plates have been obviously obscured though.

Do you agree with his explanation? Let us know in the comments section below.


  1. Kameron Hughes

    October 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I definitely agree with his point of view.( Paul Rustchynsky) In real life,there is no shadow under the car, if the sun or moon is not present. People need to REALLY look at the game before criticizing it. This game was delayed for the right reason;so they could fix up on the game’s errors so that it doesnt suck. And another thing,will Driveclub have Lamborghinis’? I sure hope it does or at least comes in the future. But back to the subject, in the video the director was talking about, there was a shadow under the car,but it was very faint,due to the lack of sunlight. Paul Rustchynsky,don’t listen to these guys,keep doing your thing and this game will surely be an awesome racing game that I will buy on Tuesday, October 7.;)

  2. Myra

    October 8, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Lol yeh, hmmmm what, ofc there are shadows, even in moonlight, but hey, it will run at 1080p right. That’s what matters after all.

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