Epic Games Acquires Animation Specializing Company, Cubic Motion

[image credit : Cubic Motion]

Cubic Motion announced that it has been acquired by Epic Games and will join the Unreal Engine team.

Cubic Motion has created tools that allow video game developers and filmmakers to capture more realistic facial animations using a complex camera rig and software platform. The startup has also developed the Persona system, which translates a person’s performance onto a digital counterpart in real time, and allows for immediate facial animation of characters in Unreal Engine.

With Epic Games, Cubic Motion will work with 3Lateral, which joined the Unreal Engine team in January 2019. Cubic Motion and 3Lateral have previously worked together on facial animation technology.

“Digital humans are not only the next frontier of content creation but also the most complex endeavor in computer graphics. With Cubic Motion bringing their computer vision and animation technology and expertise to our digital human efforts, Epic along with our team at 3Lateral are one step closer to democratizing these capabilities for creators everywhere,” said Epic Games CEO and Founder Tim Sweeney in a statement.

Cubic Motion has partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment to work on both the God of War series and Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man game for PS4. The company has also worked with Activision Blizzard on Call of Duty and with Respawn Entertainment on Apex Legends.

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