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Parametric Character Animations in CRYSIS 2

Alex J. Champandard on September 12, 2011

The most recent iteration of Crytek’s sandbox shooter, set in New York, combines the incredible technology of CryEngine 3 along with the trademark gameplay that defines the series. In particular, the animation system is on of the biggest challenge since it must combine responsiveness to player and AI control, as well as achieving realism to match the graphics.

In this hour-long presentation from the Paris Game/AI Conference 2011, you’ll hear from Sven Van Soom, Senior Animation Programmer at Crytek, explaining the details of the locomotion technology in CRYSIS 2. Notably, you'll hear how it works and interacts with the AI via parametric control. You’ll also hear some lessons learned from its development, and how to leverage these ideas on your own system based on parametric motions.

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Parametric Character Animation in CRYSIS 2 — Video
Sven Van Soom
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The slides used for the presentation itself can be downloaded from here for further study:

Parametric Character Animation in CRYSIS 2 — Slides
Sven Van Soom
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