Destiny Character-Animation System and Lessons Learned
Tuesday, 12 August 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM | Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Rooms 211-214
This course discusses the practical challenges in creating the animation system for Destiny plus solutions, lessons learned, and future development. Bungie's upcoming title Destiny is a multi-player persistent-world action game that requires responsive character animation as a foundation for core game play. The course summarizes how that goal was achieved in Bungie's new game engine, emphasizing interaction with the networking model and distributed AI, under a tight CPU budget and memory constraints. Topics include:
• Integrating dynamic-object-update time slicing, performance gained. and challenges encountered.
• How research-project solutions for locomotion evolved to suit the constraints and needs of a practical game pipeline.
• Examples of Destiny’s character-action features.
• Content workflows and improvements in data specifications and verifications that delivered a more robust and efficient system.
This in-depth presentation of real-world problems will help researchers and game engineers avoid mistakes and achieve better systems in less time.
Basic understanding of character-animation concepts, such as playback, interpolation, and layering. Understanding of locomotion mechanisms, AI path finding, networking, or object-update loop helpful but not required.
Researchers and engineers interested in game animation, especially for multi-player action games. The course delivers in-depth presentation of real-world problems to researchers and is designed to help other game engineers avoid mistakes achieve better systems in a shorter time.