February 8, 2023

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KRAFTON combines Unreal Engine-based 3D hyper-realism with AI / Gameplay Experience

Crafton recently revealed a tech demo that shows a hyper-realistic “virtual human.” This person is able to show expressive and contrasting emotions. This is made possible thanks to the combination of artificial intelligence and ultra-realism technology based on the 3D Unreal Engine. Created a digital character that is virtually indistinguishable from the real world. KRAFTON CEO CH Kim announced during an internal meeting last month that the company will use this hyperrealistic technology for a variety of projects in the future.

KRAFTON’s “Virtual Human” demo features vivid motion-captured movements, pupil movements made possible by manipulation technology, various facial expressions, and soft “baby” hair. The result is no different from the real person. The company plans to adapt this technology to different business areas, including game characters, esports, and virtual influencers/artists. In addition to hyper-realism, KRAFTON will continue its extensive research into various innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and voice-to-face to create virtual humans leading to interactive communication capable.

“KRAFTON’s virtual human show shows the kind of high-end content that can be achieved with hyperrealism technology,” says Josh Seokjin Shin, Creative Director of KRAFTON. This demo shows the first steps to creating an incredible interactive virtual world (metaverse). In the meantime, we will be introducing more advanced versions of virtual people and content because we believe in the infinite validity of these technologies.”

Besides the “virtual human” demo, a recently released cinematic video of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS has also been made using Hyper-Realism technology to show the applications capabilities of games. The cinematic video, which highlighted the game’s recent transition to free-to-play, was very positively received by the game community. Fans praised the video’s use of modern graphics technology and a dynamic story that easily rivals well-produced live-action content.

KRAFTON is focused on leveraging these technologies to launch virtual content as well, which was first implemented in the company’s latest 2022 PUBG Esports Trailer release. In this video, the Unreal Engine is used to blur the lines between the virtual and real worlds and highlight the potential for unique experiences previously unavailable to esports players.

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