Motion capture has become one of the major features in the entertainment world, and it is often utilized in game development due to its practicality. In case you aren't familiar with motion capture, or simply “mocap”, it's the process of recording the movement of people and objects, which are then used to animate character models.
We deemed mocap the most fitting for our production when it comes to bringing life into our characters. This process allows us to keep a high-quality standard we strive for by implementing realistic character movements, at a relatively fast speed rate. The filming process required hiring a highly-skilled actor to perform and renting a mocap suit. Luckily for us, we were able to find a professional who had both - Veselin Krstovski. While it may seem quick and easy at first glance, the entire process took us two entire days to finish; with the process involving a great deal of brainstorming for movements to be consistent with the characters' personalities and situations, as well as acting them out. Each animation required multiple takes in order to give us an opportunity to choose the best one, so we ended up with a total number of 400, resulting in more than 150 unique ones. These numbers are only for the animations that’ll be included in the demo Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask. The rest will be captured only after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
After the recording session was over every animation had to underwent a cleanup and mapping process by our character artist. It's often a difficult and time-consuming process, but it feels especially satisfying to see characters come to life even with the slightest movement. Filming this mocap session was just one of the many stepping stones on our path to completing the demo, and while it was exhausting, it was exciting and rewarding as well.
We hope you enjoyed getting a slight insight into this behind the scenes process of game development while you, we believe, eagerly await the official release date. It’s getting closer each day, so you may want to wishlist Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask on Steam if you haven’t already, to make sure you don’t miss out.