A PlayStation Blog publish launched at this time contains a number of particulars concerning the design of Kena. Kena is a younger spirit information looking for an historical mountain shrine. The sport releases subsequent week, and Hunter Schmidt, the animation director at Ember Lab, has proven some behind the scenes of character design.
“Kena’s original character designs were created by Wanchana ‘Vic’ Intrasombat. He was a close collaborator on our commercial projects in the past, but this time he had a blank canvas and we can see so much of his charming and unique view of the world in all of the character designs.”
The unique design for Kena was of a youthful lady. Nonetheless, as improvement progressed, the builders realised that they would want their character to have extra life expertise. As such, Kena was aged up slightly to suit higher the actions she would want to carry out in-game.
“Kena was realized in 3D for the first time by Rodrigo Gonçalves. He built the prototype model and later continued to refine and explore real-time techniques for various details like her hair. We also collaborated with Carlos Ortega, who many revere for his beautifully clean 3D character work.”
To assist help with the animation of Kena, Ember Lab created a library of expressions to embody numerous hand and hair poses. Utilizing this base library, all additional animation would come from the identical base ideas. This ensures that Kena looks like the identical individual from the beginning of the sport, all the way in which to the tip. Whereas physics simulations have been used for different characters all through the sport, all of Kena is hand-animated, proper right down to the wobbles of her hair.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is out on September 21 for the PS5, PS4, and PC via the Epic Video games Retailer. The sport is a timed console unique so it could come to different platforms in future.
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