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Motion Capture for Monster Hunter: World Involved Humans Flailing Around to Imitate Monsters

Give me a beach towel and I can make you believe I'm a Rathian.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

Last week, I noted Monster Hunter: World's flora and fauna give off an authentic look and feel you don't find often in video games.

What's Capcom's secret? Motion capture footage applied to monsters and hunters. The "How" and "Why" of the process is explained in part three of the Making of Monster Hunter: World video series. Skip to 1:35 to get to the goofy mocap fun, and watch a grown adult man act out the attack pattern of a Great Jagras.

That's right: The monsters are "played" by humans. Your first instinct might be to ask, "Why didn't the team mocap an iguana for the Great Jagras fight?", but that would mean pasting dozens of electrodes on an animal that doesn't do much with its day beyond sit on a warm rock. Humans aren't as lithe as lizards, but at least we're OK at playing pretend. Our warm blood makes us easier to work with, too (I won't apologize for my warm-blood bias, so don't bother asking).

The rest of the video covers other interesting bits of development trivia for Monster Hunter: World. You'll find info on armor designs, weapon designs, sound effects, and more.

Monster Hunter: World is out for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC release is coming this Fall.

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  • Avatar for Nuclear-Vomit #1 Nuclear-Vomit 3 months ago
    Is that lizard in the headline photo smoking weed? He looks toasty!Edited February 2018 by Nuclear-Vomit
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #2 MetManMas 3 months ago
    Sounds like Capcom takes the Andy Serkis approach when it comes to motion capture. Definitely makes sense.
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #3 Funny_Colour_Blue 3 months ago
    ...back on the PS2, I always imagined they somehow Mo-Capped a Chicken to get the movements of a Ku-Kut.

    Now I know,

    AND KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE!

    U S G A M E R ! ! ! !Edited 2 times. Last edited February 2018 by Funny_Colour_Blue
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