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Dead Island 2: Latest Project

Congratulations to all our friends at Dambuster Studios for some epic work on Dead Island 2. I’m sure you are all aware that the official trailer’s were revealed at Gamescom this week and look fabulous.

Red9 were brought in on a consultancy basis a few years back to help setup the facial rig systems for the lead characters so it’s lovely to see the work finally in the public domain. Looking forward to getting our hands on a copy next year.

Latest Project: Resident Evil 4 VR

Another great title that we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating on, focusing on rigging and supporting the animation team. A Massive congratulations to all involved on winning the Best VR/AR Game at The Game Awards 2021!

Latest Project: Fast & Furious Crossroads

Delighted to announce Red9’s involvement in Fast & Furious – Crossroads, developed by SlightlyMad Studios. We were involved from the very early stages of the project supplying Body & Facial Rigging as well as LipSyncing services for the entire project.

This is the first title where all of the facial animation was generated for the project using our TalkBack LipSync service. The final game has some 2hrs of facial data in total, with minimal animation adjustments over the top of the raw solve to add further expression and eyeline fixes. This was a really key project for the development of TalkBack, with so much data to process we were continually pushing the results hard and catching logic issues. From raw audio files we supplied tracked r9Anim data, our lightweight animation format for Maya, which the client loaded directly over the body data.

We also provided Red9 PuppetRigs for all of the body animation, although didn’t get involved in the deformation side for the body. For the facial setups one of the biggest challenges with the project was the number of iterations required on the key cast characters as likenesses were nailed down. We ended up developing new tools in our systems to allow us to consume changes in the base client meshes without destroying all of the facial setup and sculpt work that had already been done.

All in all this was a challenging project but great to see if finally out there