Ninja Theory’s upcoming action game, Hellblade, has a protagonist with expressions that actually look, well, human. Here’s how they did it.

Through the use of the Unreal Engine and a few other things, Ninja Theory can take the live performance of an actress and render it directly into the game, as it happens.

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“We could set up and shoot scenes directly within the virtual world with virtual actors, without having to worry about what the end result would look like,” said Tameem Antoniades, a developer on Hellblade.It’s pretty impressive! Typical mocapping looks ancient by comparison.

I love this bit, too: