Bungie chooses Faceware’s facial mo-cap products to help breathe life into Destiny’s characters
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Los Angeles – March 20, 2014 – Faceware Technologies, the leading innovator and most experienced provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that video game developer, Bungie, Inc., has chosen to use Faceware’s Professional Facial Motion Capture Product Line to add lifelike expressions and human-realistic emotions to Destiny’s characters.
Destiny is the next evolution of first person action genre, developed by Bungie and published by Activision Publishing, Inc. Players can personalize and upgrade nearly every aspect of their custom characters a nearly limitless combination of armor, weapons, and visual flair. Destiny is set to release September 9 th, 2014.
Faceware’s markerless motion capture system was previously used on Bungie’s Halo: Reach. The product line uses video to capture every detail of an actor’s face, and computer vision software to transfer that performance quickly to digital characters, giving Bungie’s artists a detailed first pass to which they can then add greater detail to their characters. The ease with which Faceware translates real performances into digital performances is one of the main reasons Bungie decided to use the technology on Destiny.
“When we develop a game at Bungie, our goal is to fuse brilliant technology, beautiful art, compelling stories, and deep gameplay into games that audiences worldwide want to play,” said Dave Lieber, Cinematics Supervisor at Bungie, Inc. “Faceware has been used on Academy Award-winning movies and some of the highest grossing AAA videos games of all time. There’s a reason for that: their products are production proven, easy to use, and indispensable to any team wanting to elevate the realism of their character performances without being locked into a particular capture pipeline, rig or art style.”
“Bungie’s artists have the flexibility to build upon a real-world performance, and easily add their own artistic touch, as desired,” added Pat Jandro, Bungie’s Lead Facial Animator.
“Bungie has produced some truly amazing titles over the years. They are one of the best in the business,” said Pete Busch, VP of Product Development at Faceware Technologies. “All of us at Faceware are honored that Bungie has chosen our products yet again. We can’t wait to see what they create for Destiny.”
Faceware provides an entire Professional Facial Motion Capture Product Line, which is a start-to-finish facial mocap tool suite built to capture, analyze and transfer human emotion into digital facial performances. The product line includes Faceware’s hardware products, the Professional Headcam system and the GoPro® Headcam Kit, and Faceware’s software products, Analyzer™ and Retargeter™. The product line is now being used in everything from mobile games, such as Camouflaj’s Republique, to AAA video game titles, such as Grand Theft Auto III-V, NBA 2K10-2K14, Crysis 2 and 3, Halo: Reach, and now, Bungie’s Destiny.
For more information on the new partnership, visit www.facewaretech.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on Destiny can be found at Bungie’s office Destiny website: http://www.destinythegame.com/.
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About Faceware Technologies
Sherman Oaks, California-based Faceware Technologies Inc. (FTI), which spun off from Image Metrics in 2012, is dedicated to meeting the needs of professional artists in the video game, film, television, and commercial industries. The company’s Faceware product line has been utilized in the production of more than 85 AAA video game titles, feature films, music videos, commercials, television shows, and stage plays, and is the most innovative and experienced facial animation solution provider for clients such as Double Negative, Digital Domain, ILM, Blur Studios, Activision-Blizzard, Rockstar Games, Microsoft, 2K Sports, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, Sony, Bethesda, and Moving Picture Company. The Faceware Facial Motion Capture product line consists of the Faceware Headcam kits and systems; Faceware Analyzer, which allows clients to analyze and process performance videos automatically with little to no user input; and Faceware Retargeter, a Autodesk plug-in which allows users to create facial motion capture data at a much faster rate than traditional methods.
Bungie was founded in 1991 with two simple goals: develop kick ass games that combine state-of-the-art technology with uncompromising art, captivating storytelling, and deep gameplay, and sell enough copies of those games to fund our ongoing quest for total World Domination. Now located in bustling downtown Bellevue, Washington, Bungie has spent the last decade forging the Halo series into an award-winning global entertainment phenomenon. But our pedigree goes back further than Halo. Over the past twenty years we also created a bunch of other fun games, including the Marathon Trilogy and the first two Myth games, hailed as classics by critics, gamers, and our parents alike.
Now we find ourselves at the beginning of a bold and ambitious new adventure. Armed with the best talent, state-of-the-art technology, and the finest community on the planet, we’re preparing to unleash our newest creation upon the world.
More information on Bungie can be found at http://www.bungie.net.
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