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Dark Souls 2 DLAA/DLSS Mod Demonstrates Significantly Reduced Aliasing

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An impressive modification for Dark Souls 2 called the Scholar of the First Sin Lighting Engine was introduced on Nexus in May 2023 with the primary objective of enhancing the visual experience of FromSoftware’s 2014 game. Initially focusing on features like volumetric fog, ground truth ambient occlusion, increased lighting effects, better material textures, and adaptive tessellation, the modder GanaBoy expanded its capabilities over time.

Additional features such as parallax occlusion mapping and PCSS shadow filtering were later integrated into the mod. However, the most noteworthy enhancement has been the incorporation of NVIDIA DLAA/DLSS support. GanaBoy is currently in the testing phase for this upscaler but has already shared two videos showcasing the remarkable improvements that DLAA and DLSS can bring to Dark Souls 2, especially in diminishing aliasing issues, notably in grass textures.

If you find yourself captivated by the visual improvements and cannot wait for the updated mod release on Nexus, there is a beta version accessible through the official Discord channel of the Dark Souls 2 Lighting Engine mod. Despite the presence of a sharpening slider within the mod, the functionality is currently inactive, possibly due to the absence of another required library.

Similar to other DLAA/DLSS mods, this enhancement requires a computer with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20/30/40 Series graphics cards. Nevertheless, there is a possibility for someone to reverse engineer support for AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution and/or Intel XeSS, which operate across different platforms, a trend observed in several PC games previously.

Dark Souls 2, often considered the less successful entry in the FromSoftware series, still possesses a dedicated fan base despite its imperfections. Following Dark Souls 3, FromSoftware has gone on to develop popular titles like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon, and Elden Ring, with the latter breaking all previous records for critical acclaim and commercial success within the studio.

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