Friday, August 8, 2014

New Tomb Raider Game Takes Mocap To The Next Level

The graphically upgraded version of Tomb Raider that came to PS4 and Xbox one at the beginning of the year showed a marked improvement in realism from the already impressive graphics of the  PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. But a recent tweet from Lara Croft actress Camilla Luddington hints that the next iteration in the franchise could have even more realistic graphics. She says “This is MOVA, a  fluorescent paint sprayed all over my face to give 7000 points of reference"see image below. Those points of reference are used in motion capture. Normal facial motion capture uses 90 points of reference. We still have yet to see just how much more realistic this will make the game, as great motion capture needs equally great textures, physics, modeling, and programming to all work in congress to create something that the human brain doesn't find weird looking. With motion capture in film becoming ever more advanced, and those technologies making their way into games, it looks like the days of traversing the uncanny valley are nearly over

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