ImageMetrics’ facial animation used for UT3, GTA IV, others
February 17, 2008
In order to bring more life to games such as Top Spin 3, Unreal Tournament 3, Midnight Club Los Angeles and Grand Theft Auto IV, therespective game developers tapped ImageMetrics to craft the games’ facial animation.
A video is also included to show of the things brought to life by ImageMetrics’ technology. Check it out after the jump!
Top Spin 3 (Xbox 360, PS3), Unreal Tournament 3 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3), Midnight Club Los Angeles (Xbox 360, PS3), and Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360, PS3) have all received the ImageMetrics treatment, as ImageMetrics developed (or is developing) the facial animations for the characters in these games.
ImageMetrics says that their animation technology animates faces without using markers or makeup and is able to convert human facial movement onto faces of game characters.
Epic Games’ president, Michael Capps, commented that,
It was critical to maintain our high level of cinematic quality while reducing the amount of manual animation effort. We chose Image Metrics to be our partner on Unreal Tournament 3 and were quite pleased with their effort and the end result.
Having this said, why not check out the video below to see how ImageMetrics is able to perform their magic with facial animation.