AMD has announced that it’s partnering up with a trio of publishers to deliver Radeon-specific performance optimisations for their upcoming games, including Resident Evil 2, The Division 2 and Strange Brigade.
Capcom, Rebellion and Ubisoft are the three that have hopped into bed with AMD. It was confirmed during an E3 2018 Coliseum event by Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of Radeon Gaming at AMD.
As for the games, the big one is undoubtedly The Division 2. Ubisoft’s The Division 2 will be optimised for AMD Radeon hardware. It’s a huge enough deal on its own, but what’s important here is that the original The Division was optimised for Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. Ubisoft has completed an about turn and buddied up with AMD again, just a few months after Far Cry 5 was also optimised for AMD GPUs.
Capcom doesn’t often do these sorts of partnerships but it’s making an exception for Resident Evil 2. The survival horror remake will be optimised for AMD Radeon graphics cards. All the better for seeing that ‘realistic wet-gore’. Shudder. Resident Evil 2 Remake will also support both FreeSync 2 and DirectX 12.
Last but not least - Rebellion. The Oxford-based developer has long been in bed with AMD, espousing the benefits of the Mantle API while that was still a thing. AMD Radeon optimisation will be implemented for the upcoming Strange Brigade, which is due out this summer.
It marks a fantastic sea change in what’s going on at AMD. Nvidia has traditionally locked down GeForce partnerships for most of the major AAA releases of the last few years, so it’s good to see AMD back on the front foot.