Does this graphically authorable animation design tool make my butt look fat?
Not wanting to skimp on any aspect of their new venture, 38 Studios has licensed NaturalMotion's morpheme which apparently is "the first of its kind to provide a graphically authorable design tool and engine." I'm not completely certain of what that means, but if it means that 38 Studios will be able to crank out great animations in record time, then I'm all for it. In an area where most MMOs suffer (animations), this tool set gives developers:
"...unprecedented creative control over the look of their final in-game animation by allowing them to author and preview blends, blend trees and transition graphs in real time."
And according to Jon Laff, CTO of 38 Studios:
"When selecting middleware we are very careful to find solutions that enable us to focus our attention on our game, morpheme allows us to create very high-quality character animations quickly, cutting down on a lot of intensive animation design and implementation time."
Read more about 38 Studios on their website.