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SmashManiac

Idea: upgrading backgrounds / movies using deep learning AI

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So there's been a lot of progress in the Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX modding community recently about using ESRGAN and Gigapixel, two deep learning AI programs for upscaling images, to upgrade the low-resolution 2D backgrounds of these games to high resolution, and there's currently discussions on how to apply a similar technique to upscale FMVs. I couldn't help but immediately remember that Grim Fandango Remastered had these exact issues and would be a really good candidate for this treatment, either through an official patch or by fans (or both).

You can find more information about the techniques used here and here along with screenshots.

For reference, here's an example of an original Final Fantasy VII background vs a 400% upscaled version from the work-in-progress Remako HD Field Mod:

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We've also been discussing AI up-rezzing here - it would definitely be cool if GF got a good-looking HD background mod from this. Perhaps this combined with new character models could be Grim Fandango Deluxe's new raison d'être, @ThunderPeel..!

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