Rockstar Games are hiring for their next generation projects and job listing suggests they are looking to further improve their facial animation tech with upcoming games.
Rockstar Games are the pioneer of new technology in the industry. They just released Red Dead Redemption 2, which is a cutting-edge game offering great animations and gameplay systems in a large open world. Red Dead Redemption 2 is jaw-dropping gorgeous whether you play it on the base consoles or their enhanced counterparts. While most companies will be happy to reach this level of visual fidelity, Rockstar Games are not stopping at this level.
Rockstar Games has posted a set of job listings in the last couple of weeks that are specifically looking for improving their facial animation tools. They are hiring for Technical Face Developer at Rockstar New York and Senior Technical Artist at Rockstar Toronto. The description lists focus on Animation and Face Motion Capture “to help research and develop new technology for future titles.”
The job description cites “creation of new approaches to animation retargeting, facial animation tracking/rigging, secondary motion simulation and character deformation,” and “development of new approaches and workflows to facial tracking, facial animation, facial recognition, improving tools/pipelines.”
Rockstar Games is also working on improving their MoCap tools to “create and build upon the next generation of MoCap tools and pipeline.” It is clear from these job listings that they want to take the animation quality even further in their future games.
Lastly, if it was not clear that they are talking about next generation, Rockstar India is also hiring with several job openings posted two weeks ago for various technical artists to “create next-generation worlds for some exciting upcoming projects!”
After work on Red Dead Redemption 2 was wrapped up, Rockstar Games is still actively supporting the game and working on getting Red Dead Online out in public, which is currently in Beta stage. They might have started working on a next-generation title but it is clear judging from their development release window that it won’t be out for quite a while.