Nvidia’s festive Minecraft map wraps an RTX-powered wonderland in a snow globe
It is the season of festive games. This year, Nvidia is heading into the holidays with another graphic showcase, adding to its Minecraft RTX showcase collection with a snowy Winter World commissioned as part of a charitable fundraising campaign.
Created by prolific Minecraft builder Ushio “Dr_Bond” Tokura (who previously built Nvidia’s Aquatic Adventure RTX showcase), Winter World offers a jaunt through a festive wonderland divided into three huge snowballs, framed by a series of quests for the old merry gift – villain himself.
After chasing the pole and loose buttons for Santa Claus in a dark forest, you are taken to a bustling winter market. This is where RTX really flexes its muscles, with string lighting reflecting off cobblestone sidewalks and warping through sculptures of ice. A large hall overlooks the stage and its dark windows provide almost perfect reflections of the glowing stage behind.
Perhaps the strangest effect of RTX comes from the sky itself. Winter World takes place in a series of massive snow globes, but Minecraft being Minecraft, these globes are made up of thousands of blocks of glass. The reflections sparkle and blend strangely with its surface, giving each scene an almost dreamlike quality.
Winter World also contains a complete recreation of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the children’s hospital in London for which the world was created. An in-game QR code will direct you to a donation page for the hospital’s Home for Christmas fundraising campaign.
Oddly enough, Winter World is not available through the in-game Minecraft store according to Nvidia’s other demo levels. You can download it through the third-party Planet Minecraft map hosting site instead.
Disclosure: I used to work on Minecraft DLC as a level artist, and a lot of the projects I worked on are still available on the Minecraft store.