Gamescom was last week, and Traci, our Marketing and Business Development Manager, was on hand to represent Speech Graphics. Here is what she had to say:
As always, Gamescom was a great show. This is the biggest games industry show in the world, so it is full of excitement. Because part of the floor is open to consumers, there is a huge community of gamers that come out for it, and that only adds to the atmosphere!
Though most of my time was spent in the business area discussing our facial animation technology, I was able to check out some of the new games and announcements.
Unravel first caught my eye at E3 earlier this year. EA showed a trailer at their booth, and it looked really interesting. The Gamescom gameplay footage was a deeper look into the game. You play as Yarny, and roam the (very beautiful) world solving puzzles and collecting yarn to replenish your supply. Some elements remind me of Chibi-Robo!, one of my favorite Gamecube games (which is getting it’s own update this year). I’m really looking forward to seeing more!
Crackdown 3 is another exciting title, especially because Crackdown was born here in Scotland. While the first peek at the game was last year, at Gamescom we learned the game is officially Crackdown 3, and got a more in-depth look at the amazing destruction capabilities of the game. Crackdown 3 will use the power of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to help with processing, one of the first games to be supported in such a way. Crackdown is still a Scottish game, being developed by Reagent in Dundee.
There was also a lot of fantastic animation on display, which is always exciting for us. Quantum Break showed it’s all-star cast off for the first time, and it will be really interesting to see how the blend of 3D animation, gameplay, and live action elements work together. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst looked great as well, especially the parkour-style gameplay animations.
Overall, it was a great show with a lot of great games on display. There is a lot to look forward to over the next couple of months!
Traci will also be at XDS in Vancouver next month and is available for meetings. If you would like to learn more about our technology or discuss your facial animation needs, please just get in touch!