FaceFX Runtime Integrated with Unreal Engine 4 - Free Non-Commercial and Indie License Announced
March 5th 2015 - Game Developers Conference, San Francisco
OC3 Entertainment, the leader in audio-based facial animation technology for the gaming industry, announces an integration of the FaceFX® Runtime with Unreal® Engine 4. The combined solution will create a streamlined process for creating talking characters in Epic Games’ award winning engine and will be available free of charge for non-commercial projects and indie games. Interested developers can sign up at https://unreal.facefx.com to get additional information.
The FaceFX Runtime is an optimized playback engine for facial animation data and is currently in-use by several high-profile UE4 games. The integration, developed in cooperation with YAGER embeds compressed facial animation data generated by FaceFX Studio into the Unreal package system and plays it back in synchronization with recorded audio files.
The FaceFX Runtime will be available free of charge to non-commercial projects and commercial projects earning less than $500,000. A license to FaceFX Studio Professional ($899) will be required to generate the facial animation data.
“Some of the best developers in the world are using the FaceFX Runtime with Unreal Engine 4.” Says Jamie Redmond, CTO of OC3 Entertainment. “We are very excited that the same technology will be available to all UE4 developers regardless of size.”
About FaceFX - FaceFX is an advanced facial animation solution unique in its ability to liberate artists from the complexities of creating realistic dialogue and emotive characters. FaceFX® can be used to animate characters by hand or generate lip-synchronization and speech gesture data automatically from pre-recorded audio. FaceFX can be integrated with any game engine or facial animation pipeline. For a list of games using FaceFX, see http://facefx.com/game-titles
About Unreal Engine 4 - Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for world-class graphics, tools and scalability across PC, console, mobile, Web and VR. Unreal Engine technology is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, training simulations, architectural visualizations, digital films and more. Visit http://www.unrealengine.com to access UE4, and follow @UnrealEngine for news and updates.