Video gamers have known for a long time that their preferred hobby involves works of art. Of course, some games are garbage, just like it happens with other, more widely accepted art forms, but when developers get it right, they get it right. A good video game is indeed a truly impressive artwork.
In one of the most recent examples of the developing process, a company just released a trailer showing some off how they went about creating their new artwork. And what an experience it is, as Ninja Theory release Hellblade trailer for most realistic game to date.
The most real videogame character depicted to date, the main character in Ninja Theory’s most recent installment is a traumatized Celtic warrior. Travelling into the heart of Viking infested territories, Senua has to not only battle the fiercest warriors in history, but also her own demons – psychosis.
As the fearless warrior travels deeper into the heart of enemy territory, she keeps getting assaulted by her mounting psychosis caused by horrific things she’s seen since she became a warrior. Aside from the fact that it’s probably the best depiction of mental illness in a video game, the way Senua is portrayed is nothing short of breathtaking.
The really big deal about this new creation of the studio that brought us Devil May Cry is that they developed a completely new technology in order to perfectly capture the character’s troubled psyche. So far, motion capture was the best at depicting realistic looking characters.
This is because it works by getting actual actors to perform for the part, only to have their expressions transposed to a virtual design of the actor. It did bring us some brilliant performances, particularly in David Cage’s Quantic games (Beyond: Two Souls, Heavy Rain, etc…).
But the team behind Hellblade decided to op that by making their own better version of the technology. Instead of transposing an actress’ expressions to a character, the team first created the character model and then linked it to the actress, practically allowing her to do a live-action performance.
And the fact that the technology is brand new and as of yet unequaled is obvious as soon as you watch the trailer. The slight twitch in Senua’s eyes, the movement of her lips as she’s mumbling to herself, and even every single attack in the game look realistic because they are real – it’s actually the actress performing those moves.
It’s definitely going to revolutionize gaming and Hellblade is most likely going to get overwhelmingly positive reviews. You can watch the video game trailer if you follow the link in the image description.
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