We've heard a lot about L.A. Noire pushing the motion capture boundaries, and about how it brings cinematic movie-like interactive entertainment to the next level.
And you'll soon start hearing similar technical claims for the recently announced Hitman: Absolution , the latest installment in the revered franchise, in development at IO Interactive. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised to learn that publisher Square Enix wants to take a "Hollywood approach" to this new iteration:
They've got a cast of a dozen Hollywood actors for both voice performances and mo-cap. This includes Keith Carradine (he's the new villain) and Marsha Thomason (she plays Diana Burnood, Agent 47's handler), and as for the technical stuff… Well, let's just say all the performance capture is being done at Giant Studios, also used by director James Cameron for the film, "Avatar." This new game wants to place "more emphasis on the emotional human stories that evolve," so it's important to go to such lengths. Said Tore Blystad, IO game director:
"We had actors like Marsha and Keith come in and do full-body acting with facial and voice being captured simultaneously in scenes. Some of these scenes were very complex with all kinds of props and interactions amongst the actors."
Blystad said this work is actually closer to theater work than a film process, which is something we've heard from industry insiders before. As for the actors, they seem enthusiastic about the project and even downright impressed. Said Carradine:
"The character I play in Hitman: Absolution is as multidimensional as any well-imagined character should be. The vividness of the world entered by the gamer hinges on detail. To fully engage the attention of the player requires nothing less than the most completely realized universe of geography and personality."
The game is going be more serious and much darker than other titles in the past, and actually, the hope is that the movies will follow suit. Yeah, producer Adrian Askarieh is helping with a second "Hitman" movie now, so just get over it. As for the game franchise, it has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since first appearing in 2000, and it seems very likely that Absolution could be the next step for the series.
Related Game(s): Hitman: Absolution