Fortnite Developer May Bring Hypermeet’s 3D Facial Expressions Into Game
Fortnite developer Epic Games recently bought a real-time facial animation technology company called Hyprsense that could, in the future, bring more facial expressions to the game. While the company has yet to share any official plans for this, it claimed that this technology will give creators “full control over how to express their vision.” The Hypersense team created the Hypermeet app that places 3D avatars on people’s faces via a regular webcam. Hypermeet can simulate more realistic facial expressions in real time.
Last month, Epic games acquired Hyprsense, a real-time facial animation technology company. Hypersense launched an app called Hypermeet in September, that put 3D avatars, similar to Apple’s Animoji, on people’s faces in real time without having to use specialized equipment. Hypermeet works with a standard webcam and can provide a wider range of expressions for the user. This technology could also be used to put their facial expressions directly on a video game character, according to a report by The Verge.
As for its applications, real-time facial animation and motion capture technology could be used to add more facial expressiveness to characters in Fortnite, in addition to the currently available emotes. For now, Epic seems to be focusing more on creators with this new technology. “Joining the Hyprsense team allows us to continue to drive digital character innovation even further and move closer to the goal of giving all creators full control over expressing their vision down to the smallest nuance,” said the CTO of Epic Games, Kim Libreri.
Hyprsense website state that this acquisition will help Epic’s journey to develop better tools and systems for developers and gamers alike. “It will also give Unreal Engine creators the ability to deploy and manage the most advanced character assets, on any platform,” he adds.
Hypersense could make this technology more common previous attempts Epic have involved an iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to make a depth map of the face.