Take-Two Interactive, the parent company for developers including Rockstar Games, has acquired Dynamixyz, a French-based studio that has provided facial animation services for Take-Two games NBA 2K21 and Red Dead Redemption 2.
The acquisition means that Dynamixyz will now provide exclusive facial animation and proprietary motion capture to all of Take-Two’s publishing labels and developers.
“Dynamixyz’s revolutionary facial analysis technology and services is a highly complementary and strategic addition to Take-Two’s world-class publishing and development structure,” Take-Two’s Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Independent Publishing said in the announcement blog post. “Gaspard and the visionary team at Dynamixyz have a well-earned reputation for providing the widest and smartest range of facial motion capture solutions to the entertainment industry, and their work has captivated millions of people around the world from the box office to the living room. We’re thrilled to have them join our team, incorporate their proprietary technologies and creative wonder into our future offerings, and to continue to evolve their capabilities and solutions.”
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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Screenshots
In our review for Red Dead Redemption 2, we noted that the facial animations in the game were “is a noticeable step up from GTA V.” While in our review for NBA 2K21, although we felt the start-up on animations once the ball got to the post lacked urgency we felt, in general, that dribbling felt “more responsive and rarely leads to the awkward, uncontrollable animations that have plagued the franchise for years.”
In addition to working on video games, Dynamixyz has previously provided its services to other forms of media in the entertainment industry, including the animated TV series Love, Death, and Robots, in addition to movies such as Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
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