Ninja Theory launch Senua Studio to offer realtime Virtual Characters for Stage, Film, Broadcast, Games and VR
Senua Studio now open for business
Cambridge, UK – September 2nd 2016 – Ninja Theory Ltd, the UK-based videogame developer has today launched Senua Studio, a new division offering specialised services to bring realtime virtual characters to life for stage, film, broadcast, games and VR.
Ninja Theory, along with partners at Epic Games, Cubic Motion and 3lateral stunned the industry at Game Developer’s Conference in March this year by revealing that a scene for their upcoming game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was actually being performed live on stage by an actress in front of attendees and rendered into the game world in real-time.
At Siggraph in July, the teams introduced the concept of Realtime Cinematography, whereby a complex scene was performed, captured, edited and rendered live on stage in minutes in front of over 2000 attendees from the VFX industry – a process that would normally take months. Having won the Siggraph Award for Best Real-Time Graphics and Interactivity, Ninja Theory have launched Senua Studio, a new division dedicated to offering solutions for live capturing and rendering of realistic digital characters in incredible virtual worlds.
Speaking of the announcement, Tameem Antoniades, co-founder of Ninja Theory said “We have demonstrated working solutions today, and want to push forward the future of realtime entertainment, be it live performances of digital characters for stage or broadcast, shooting fully-rendered CG scenes in realtime for previs, or interacting with believable characters in VR.”
Companies working with Senua Studio can rely on an entire technical pipeline – including the creation of realistic digital characters and virtual sets. The team makes innovative projects accessible to all, without the need for internal expertise in cutting edge animation technologies.
Nina Kristensen, co-founder of Ninja Theory and CEO added “With Senua Studio we are offering our considerable technological, artistic and production expertise to visionary partners excited about the impact realtime technology could have for their business”.
Senua Studio is open for business in the following areas:
- Live Performance: Realtime technology and expertise allows actors, music artists and performers to live drive digital characters on stage or in broadcast and interact with a live audience.
- Realtime Cinematography: Expertise in shooting, editing and rendering final or near-final quality cinematics for games, broadcast or film in realtime, rather than the weeks or months it takes with traditional methods.
- Pre-Visualization: With realtime cinematography, directors can see unprecedented levels of pre-visualization quality including full facial performances of the actors, lighting, vfx and camera shots. An added benefit is that the assets are optimised for use in VR experiences.
- VR Experiences: Combining expertise in realtime virtual human technology and 16 years of games creation to deliver truly immersive VR experiences offering full interactivity not possible with offline video.