The revolutionary facial capture system of MotionScan, first used in L.A. Noire, could be coming to the next Grand Theft Auto. Brendan McNamara, controversial head of the Team Bondi studio, confirmed Rockstar’s interest in the technology in an interview with PSM3 (via CVG).
“Yeah, I think they’re looking at it for every game. As much as LA Noire is a huge game, Grand Theft Auto is incredibly huge, so you’ve got all the problems of how big the cast would be and how many lines would you have to record and all that kind of stuff.” McNamara mused, “Obviously we’d like them to, and they’re more than welcome to use MotionScan, but if they decide it’s not right for that and want to use it for another game, then that’s fine too.”
McNamara continued, stating, “I think it brings a level of humanity to the experience that means people will – in the first few minutes – start relating to the characters on screen. They don’t have to make that decision about ‘whether I like this guy’ or ‘do I actually believe them? – but they can make all the like or dislike decisions based on the actor’s performance…Rockstar will make those decisions. They generally make the right decisions in terms of what they do for their games.”
Removed from L.A. Noire‘s detective gameplay, would MotionScan be something you’d be interested integrated into more games? Grand Theft Auto specifically? Comment below!