Ninja Theory Boss Clarifies Uncharted 2 Animation Comments
Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades gave a BAFTA presentation, in which he spoke about motion capture and animation techniques, and how his team excels in these categories.
In fact, due to the many comparisons between Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Ninja Theory's latest, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Antoniades mentioned Naughty Dog's masterpiece and said the game "overdoes itself" in terms of animation and mo-cap. Initially, here's what the studio boss had to say:
"...in Uncharted 2 [Naughty Dog] captured voice in a booth, then did motion capture to the voices. After that, they hand-animated the faces to match that. So you have three different people working on a single performance, which I don't think is the right way to do it if you want to create a believable [character].
I'm actually amazed at how good their scenes are, considering they've done it that way. I don't think that it's true to the performance of an actor."
But after SPoNG ran the story with with a certain "misleading and inflammatory headline," Antoniades popped up in their forums and clarified his comments, which were later produced by the source in question:
"I actually never said the Uncharted 2 animations were overdone.
I am a huge fan of Naughty dog in all aspects of development. I see them as the setting the gold standard in action adventure game in all areas including animation.
However, I am a firm believer in performance capture (capturing face, body and voice simultaneously for multiple actors). It is a technique we pioneered in games with Heavenly Sword working alongside Weta Digital and gives, in my opinion, the most honest representation of human drama."
Before everyone freaks out, we would like to remind you that Antoniades does actually have a leg to stand on, at least in regards to Heavenly Sword. To this day, we at PSXE have yet to see such perfectly synced voices with facial expressions and mouth movements, and considering the game came out three years ago, that's pretty impressive. However, we're not seeing that same level of syncing perfection in Enslaved, although the performances should once again be top-notch.
Take from that what you will.
9/28/2010 10:53:24 AM Ben Dutka