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NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. saves time and money with Craft Director Studio™

Craft Director Studio™ used for vehicle and camera animation in action-packed TEKKEN™6


TEKKEN™6 & © 1994-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

Gothenburg Sweden 30 Nov 2009 - Craft Animations is extremely proud to announce that NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. (NBGI) has used Craft Director Studio to generate the animated sequences in NBGI’s newly-released TEKKEN™6. With over 2.5 million units on the market, users will greatly benefit from the vehicle and camera animations in the scenario campaign mode of the game which have been created using Craft Director Studio.

NBGI created much of the promotional film material using Craft Director Studio - including the animation of the main-character's motorcycle, large numbers of cars, helicopters and more.


TEKKEN™6 & © 1994-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

Game developers find Craft Director Studio highly valuable for creating high-end animation for vignettes, cut-scenes and other in-game animation. Craft Director Studio simulates the vehicle and camera behavior directly inside Autodesk’s 3ds Max®, Maya®, Softimage® or Maxon’s CINEMA 4D® viewport adding a human touch and superior quality to the animation.

Hiroyuki Shirai, Animator, Computer Graphic Motion Department, Contents Production Group of NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. explains that the methods for generating motion which they have used in the past have had great restrictions. One example is motion capture; it is difficult to use motion capture when the scale of the scene constantly changes. For instance, a camera enters into the car that is driving recklessly at high speeds. Or think of the scene where a character enters from far-off on a motorcycle, approaches the camera, and then leaves again. Mr Shirai explains that his team was given a greater power of persuasion with the greater degree of freedom that CDS offered. Not only would the alternatives have meant they would have to collect a prohibitive amount of data, but they would have been restricted in their creative process, not being able to create all the affects they had wanted.


TEKKEN™6 & © 1994-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

Mr Shirai adds; “CDT is the one tool which freed us from such restrictions. The animation environment based on the simulation in 3D space, automatic generation and being able to edit animation interactively uncovered a very big possibility for next-gen motion creation environment “

Silicon Studio, Craft's Japanese partner and distributor, have played an important part in the communication between Craft and Namco Bandai.

Craft Director Studio includes:

  • Craft Camera Tools which provide users with real-time camera control for immediate, professional-quality cinematic results.
  • Craft Vehicles which allow artists to create the most realistic and accurate simulations for in-motion vehicles.
  • Craft Accessories which add the finishing touches to action-packed productions by simulating and animating props such as missiles, trailers, cog wheels and other moving parts.


TEKKEN™6 & © 1994-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

“NBGI was able to create vast volumes of animated content in a very short amount of time. We were very happy to see that our claim about production speeds and volumes was verified in this project, and we are happy to have been a part of TEKKEN™6.” said Craft Animations’ co-founder and head of R&D Luigi Tramontana.


TEKKEN™6 & © 1994-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.
Click on the image to see some videos from the game.

Availability

For easy download of Craft Director Studio, please visit www.craftanimations.com. Windows and OS X versions of Craft Director Studio are compatible with Autodesk’s 3ds Max®, Maya®, Softimage® and Maxon’s CINEMA 4D®.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

Founded in 1955. (as NAMCO, the predecessor of NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.). NAMCO BANDAI Games handles and covers major digital contents business fields such as consumer software, amusement machines and networking platforms. Especially on consumer software business territory, NAMCO BANDAI Games is known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including the RidgeRacer™, ACECOMBAT™, TEKKEN™, SOULCALIBUR™, Tamagotchi™, Digimon™, Dragonball® and Naruto™ brands.

About Craft Animations

Founded in 2006 and based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Craft Animations™ AB is a leading developer of a new era of professional real-time 3D animation technology, Craft Director Studio™. Based on cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems, Craft Director Studio simulates the complex physical behavior of 3D vehicles such as helicopters, cars, airplanes, boats and motorcyles. Utilized by high-profile companies world-wide such as Pixar, Digital Domain, Nasa, Lockheed Martin, Digital Dimension and Toyota; Craft Director Studio streamlines production, enhances realism and increases creativity for users in the visual effects, game development, forensic reconstruction and architectural design industries. For more information, please visit www.craftanimations.com.

For more information, please contact:

info@craftanimations.com
Craft Animations AB
Stena Center 1D
S-412 92 Gothenburg
Sweden
+46 31 352 2980

Or

For Japan, please contact distributor of Craft Director Studio
Press: pr@siliconstudio.co.jp
Purchase or technical questions: tech-craft@siliconstudio.co.jp
Silicon Studio Corporation
1-21-3 Ebisu Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0013
Japan


TEKKEN™6 & © 1994-2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.