EA have just let us know that the new Harry Potter game – The Half-Blood Prince – will feature a new, advanced facial animation system. “It’ll be possible to read the emotion in characters’ faces as they talk,” we’re told, “thanks to the advanced facial animation system that was used during development.” Many of the film’s famous actors provided their voices for the game, and the development team at EA had access to photos and body scans of all the characters, so every raised eyebrow and fluttering cloak is accurately portrayed in the game. Although you will play as Harry for nearly all of the game, the other characters in the game are just as detailed and full of emotion.
TheSixthAxis has learnt that not only will the characters look and sound like the actors in the film, the EA development team has gone to great lengths to ensure that the characters even move accurately. “To capture the moves that Harry makes playing Quidditch on his broomstick, it wasn’t enough to just film a stuntman,” said EA. “One of the developers also built a complete broomstick rig in his kitchen at home and brought it in so the animators could ‘fly’ a broom themselves and experiment with every possible move.” Let’s hope the latest game, which is out on the 3rd of July, also expands on the cool open-world mechanics since in The Order Of The Phoenix.