GDC: Quantic Dream’s “Kara” shows new engine

The uncanny valley seems to be getting smaller as developers rally for more realistic character models, facial movements and acting in video games.

The latest volley comes from Quantic Dream, developers of Heavy Rain, as they debuted a video showcasing their new engine which was running in real time on a PS3.

The video shows a robotic woman being constructed and becoming self aware, something which the creator of the robot didn’t intend.

Kara does something most other engines don’t. Rather than splitting the audio and facial capture from the motion body capture, it pairs the two successfully.

This way the full performance can be given in one swoop allowing for a better overall effect without disrupting the performance in doing two different takes.


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Khristopher is a well-to-do journalist with a video game addiction and a knack for writing. He's been playing video games for over two decades and gets a little bit itchy whenever he sees something new which tickles his fancy.