Rhialto announced he overhauled the lighting model for the new game. Lighting will all be rendered on the client side now, previously the server would take the bulk of the work. It also looks more realistic, taking on a more natural “roundish” look, compared to the block look it had before. Rhialto also went to announce that the new lighting model will support colored light sources and that they will be added at some point.
Some other notes:
- In the future, torchlight may be yellowish, glowstones greenish, firelight orange, etc.
- Balloons and fountains are now lit.
- You will always be able to see yourself, even with Darkness spell cast.
- Light goes through walls currently. Could be fixed by sending more information to the server.
Take look for yourself at the differences: