First Look

Motion capture: bringing Aion 4.0 to life

Greetings, Daevas! Today we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the motion capture technology being used to realistically express character movement in Aion 4.0!

Many of you will be familiar with motion capture; for those that aren't, it's basically attaching motion sensors onto peoples' bodies and using that data to help animate characters.

The dots on the screen are locations where sensors are attached. If you look closely, you can make out the outlines of two people captured by the sensors!

Lots of motion capture is utilized for in-game animation in Aion, but NCSOFT Korea recently had two special guests to help with some new emote animations in 4.0: a pair of dancers!

As you may know, there are slight differences between male and female dances in Aion, even for the same dance. This is because there are differences in bone structure, movement, and center of balance. The developers did try applying a female dancer's movements onto a male character once, which yielded some...interesting...results.

Previously, the developers would have men and women dancers do the same movements for the music, but this time the dancers were asked to try slightly different moves, or opposite directions, to change up the way these emotes look! The female dance emotes will have "cute" gestures, while male dance emotes will use open, sweeping gestures! Everyone's looking forward to how it will turn out!