The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope – Motion Capture Dev Diaries released
Bandai Namco Entertainment America has released a two-part developer diary for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, an interactive drama survival horror videogame developed by Supermassive Games.
The new videos give you a behind the scenes look at the motion capture process for the game, showing how scenes from the game were achieved in their motion capture stage at Pinewood Studios. If that name sounds familiar, this is where the James Bond films were shot.
The video shows real-world footage interjected with scenes from the games. It also features several interviews of off-and on-screen talent talking about the challenges of the process and their different approaches to trying to effectively deliver a cinematic gaming experience.
As they explain, portraying a videogame character for performance capture can pose a special challenge to actors’ imagination, as what they see on set often has little to do with what is happening in the in-game scene. More often than not, actors don’t have much more to work with than floor mats and tape markers.
Also noteworthy is that in contrast to regular acting, in performance capture the people doing the motion do not necessarily also provide the dialogue, which sometimes can already be prerecorded. Actors then have to craft their performance around what is already there.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope is the second game of eight planned installments in the The Dark Pictures Anthology series. It follows Man of Medan, which released in August 2019 to mixed to favorable reviews.
Little Hope tells the story of four college students and their professor who, after a bus accident, find themselves in the eponymous town which, coincidentally, has an infamous history of witch hunting. What could go wrong? If you like story-driven horror games with QTEs this could certainly make for a couple of spookily entertaining evenings.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope is set to be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 30th, 2020.
You can check out the developer diaries below: