These images are from an upcoming "low budget" (i.e. not EA, Activision, 2K, Ubisoft, etc...) Australian sports game for PS3/360. The graphics programming behind them was done by forum member "Digital", myself and our great tech-artist "Lived". Our goal was to basically take the previous graphics pipeline and "make it next gen, like FIFA". Hopefully we've succeeded in reaching a good 360/PS3 standard of quality.
The main features in the image that contribute to the kind of "cartoon hyperrealism" art-direction are: * Physically-based BRDF's * HDR tonemapping (photographic/filmic) * a lot of post-processing ...which turned out to be a challenge to implement at 30FPS on ~6 year old DX9c/SM3 GPUs! But we did stumble onto some novel optimisations along the way that hopefully we can share at some point.
P.S. If there's any experienced graphics-programmers or tech-artists reading this, who want to work on this kind of technology in Australia's best city, Melbourne, then get in contact with me N.B. the usual disclaimer: Any views expressed are my own, and aren't endorsed by the publisher or developer. The publisher, Tru Blu is responsible for releasing information about the game, so I can't share any information beyond what they've already made public. I'm re-posting these images from their Facebook. If anyone has any technical questions, I'll probably have to get permission before answering, but I'll try.
If you want news from the horse's mouth, head to TruBlu on facebook, and if you're a Rugby League fan then some Australian retailers are taking pre-orders