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We present City of Titans, a spiritual successor for the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes, being developed by Missing Worlds Media.
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Developer's Workshop: Animation Blending

Posted by Missing Worlds Media (Creator)
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So there's this nifty feature Unreal Engine 4 has called animation blending. It allows automatic, live blending of one animation into the next, and allows us to put all kinds of things together without having to customize the animations to flow into each other.

This obviously works wonders for how good just about anything you do in-game looks. In the gifs to come, the character in simple spandex – we'll call him Simple Spandex Man from here on - represents how smooth the animation blending works, when it works. That part is being played by Simple Spandex Man because what we're really testing in these shots, is being able to use animation blending on characters in cutscenes. So they match up to the game performance. Simple Spandex Man is using standard skeletal meshes.

 That mean looking guy is an NPC named Rottweiler, a vigilante of Titan City. In this case, he also represents a character blueprint in action (all attacks you see are real attack animations for in-game use). The character blueprint contains all the skeletal meshes at work in the character. Comparing his movements to the simple spandex character lets us see if the skeleton meshes bundled into the character blueprint are blending as well as the defaults. Admittedly, the dev decided he may as well make it look fun.

 

   The answer, at first, was no. For whatever reason, our animation blueprints were bugging out on it. But we fixed it, and now it looks like this.

 

 It's always something in development. 

Till next time Titans. Note: sequence of animations being blended here is run, jump, flip, fly. 

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    1. crow on

      i agree great work but jump flip fly look fun lol

    2. Meta Brawler on

      The fighting animations look really smooth and visceral. Great work guys!

    3. Spiritunicorn on

      Yay! This is rather awesome!

    4. Cobalt Azurean on

      Smoooooooth. I like it.