Thursday, July 21st, 2011
MotionScan in Grand Theft Auto? - General News | @ 12:48 PM MDT | By victim
The technology behind L.A. Noire's facial animation is being looked into further by Rockstar Games. It's an interesting thought as relations between Rockstar and Team Bondi have deteriorated in the months following the release of L.A. Noire. Rockstar cannot deny the success of MotionScan though, the technology captures an actors face as they perform and transfers it directly into the game.

Brendan McNamara, co-founder and president of Team Bondi was asked about MotionScan and how Rockstar were considering using it in some of their upcoming franchises; including Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne.

Brendan had this to say:
"Yeah, I think they're looking at it for every game. As much as LA Noire is a huge game, Grand Theft Auto is incredibly huge, so you've got all the problems of how big the cast would be and how many lines would you have to record and all that kind of stuff. Obviously we'd like them to, and they're more than welcome to use MotionScan, but if they decide it's not right for that and want to use it for another game, then that's fine too. Rockstar will make those decisions. They generally make the right decisions in terms of what they do for their games."
L.A. Noire was indeed a huge game, filling three DVD discs to capacity. Would more discs be welcomed for the chance to use MotionScan in a Grand Theft Auto game? Would lifelike performances subtract from GTA's satirical pull? If you're bursting with questions like we are, feel free to post some comments of your own.

Brendan McNamara will go into more detail in the latest issue of PSM3, which is coming out this week.
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Registered: Jun 2006
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All of this news has me thinking, what if MotionScan had of been around for Vice City? Running around as Ray Liotta; taking jobs from the likes of Tom Sizemore, Luis Guzman, Bert Reynolds and Dennis Hopper. It would have been insane.
07-21-2011 12:50 PM

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Team Bondi also lies, I wouldn't trust jack shit from Brendan McNamara, his latest article was talking about how they cut those two desks from L.A.Noire but didn't bother to correct the story around the cut, then went on to say that it was Blu-rays fault because they didn't have enough space, yet L.A.Noire only takes up 23GB on the Disc, a SINGLE LAYER DISC, yet there are games out there on the PS3 that use the 50GB DUAL LAYER DISCS.

These out right lies and the whole way the staff got treated during the L.A.Noire Dev time, and the missing names off the credits from Team Bondi, etc, I dunno, this guy just seems to be grabbing headlines whilst he can. Granted MotionScan is a decent bit of tech, but to be associated with Brendan McNamara even more is a real negative view on it.
07-21-2011 01:21 PM
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There is no doubt in my mind that one of the main goals for L.A. Noir was to test the technology for use in GTA.
07-21-2011 02:52 PM
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In my honest opinion, I think MotionScan will take away from GTA the fun aspect which it used to have, and did so well. I don't care about this facial animation thing since it left L.A Noire with nothing to do after the main story. Give me a great story and longevity over this any day.
07-21-2011 03:28 PM

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It should also be said that Team Bondi don't own or have any rights to the technology, Rockstar don't need Brendan McNamara's blessing to use MotionScan.
07-21-2011 09:28 PM
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So what happened between Rockstar and Bondi?

I don't care if they use it, its not gonna matter outside of missions
07-22-2011 07:56 PM
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@matt, could be cool if people look truly scared when you're blowing up the town/stealing cars.
07-23-2011 11:20 AM
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If rockstar does decide to use the tech i doubt it would be for in game interrogations.
07-23-2011 03:47 PM
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07-24-2011 07:23 AM
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My thoughts exactley arminniyazi.
07-24-2011 11:47 AM

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I don't really care if Rockstar decides to use this. I just hope that there can be more of LCPD:FR. As long as I have LCPD:FR, I don't care what they do.
07-26-2011 02:57 AM

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