Unreal VR Game Developer creates NPCs with Character Creator & iClone

Myron Mortakis – Founder of Helm Systems

Myron Mortakis

Myron Mortakis is the President and founder of HELM Systems, a South Florida-based software development company, specializing in interactive and virtual reality software development.

He carries over his expertise and experience of over 13 years in structuring, organizing and directing development teams. Myron has led his company to international recognition, in the form of award nominations, mainstream world-wide online and print publications, as well as to the creation of HELM’s proprietary 3D rendering engine.

Helm systems is now developing their VR project – The SoulKeeper VR where they used Character Creator and iClone for their Unreal game project.

Reallusion’s products are an essential component in our development toolbox, as they facilitate and expedite a lot of complex processes that are involved in a character’s production cycle, without sacrificing quality.

 Myron Mortakis / President-Founder of Helm Systems

AAA Studio Veteran combines iClone Character Pipeline with Unreal Engine

Mark Stefanowicz
CVO/COO – Lost Boys Interactive

Mark Stefanowicz

  • Mark is a AAA Game Studio Veteran.
  • Director of Art for Disney’s Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2.
  • Multi award winning Art Director with 20+ Years of Video Game and Mobile Industry Experience.

Mark Stefanowicz is originally from Chelsea, MA. At a very young age, his parents would see him drawing in their living room, lost in his imagination and creativity. Realizing his potential, Mark’s parents enrolled him at the age of six to the Tringarli School of Art.

After his time in college, Mark began his career. Mark eventually joined Electronic Arts as a Lead Artist and progressed to the position of Art Production Manager for Central Art. In 2011, Mark join Disney to become the Art Director of Disney Epic Mickey, Disney Interactive’s flagship game. Mark went on to become Studio Art Director at Junction Point and oversaw development of Disney Epic Mickey 2 while also engaging with other Disney pillars in the organization, from the Archives to Pixar Animation.

In 2016 Mark decided to go out on his own with his partners and create Lost Boys Interactive. Lost Boys quickly grew to a studio of 16 in 2018, and worked on titles for Square Enix, Digital Extremes and Call of Duty.

“After 22 years of working with AAA Studios (EA Games, Disney) I have been searching for a pipeline that can achieve AAA quality production in a matter of days. Reallusion has that. ”

– Mark Stefanowicz

Critically Acclaimed Skyrim Modder Makes Ambitious Game with iClone Character Creator and Unreal Engine 4

NICK PEARCE – MANAGING DIRECTOR / FOUNDER

Nick Pearce

Nick is an award-winning writer and game developer whose career began with a passion project mod – The Forgotten City, after reaching notoriety with his first Skyrim mod that reached 2 million downloads. Before developing games, Nick worked as a legal and strategy advisor to a multi-billion dollar tech company. ​

Eventually Nick set into making The Forgotten City, by using Character Creator 3, iClone 7 and Unreal Engine, allowing him to win an Australian National’s Writer Guild Award, a 2018 Unreal UnderDog Award, and an Unreal Dev Grant among others.

“I was told it was going to cost a fortune. – That it was going to be about a $500,000 to record the high-quality facial motion capture animations for about 2,000 lines of dialogue. Fortunately, I discovered Character Creator 3 and iClone 7, and was able to create our own facial motion capture animations for about 1% of the cost of traditional facial motion capture.”

– Nick Pearce / Modern Storyteller Studio Founder

German indie game studio uses Character Creator with UE4 to recreate friends inside Steam game

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Philipp Reichling

My name is Phil, I am 30 years old and I from Germany. As long as I can remember, I have always used Computers, since DOS. (of course the main reason was to play video games.) I don’t remember when was the first time I tried to change something in a game, but I remember that I was young  and I was hooked even though I failed at many modding projects.

I decided to study 3D modelling for about 1.5 years. Eventually I started working on our game – Photonic Distress after meeting my colleague Irakli Gagnidze on the UE4 Marketplace. We checked YouTube videos and we saw a Character Creator (CC) video. As tired as we were, we decided to risk it and we bought Character Creator and iClone 7. It took us a while to get the results we wanted, but finally our game was filled with CC Characters!

“I was not happy with the final character results of Mixamo Fuse because the faces weren’t unique enough. Then we discovered Character Creator.” – Philipp Reichling

Solo Game Developer becomes Overnight Sensation with Guts & Glory

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Jedediah “HakJak” Steen

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Jedediah “HakJak” Steen is a solo game developer, striving to live a life-long dream of making games for a living. He started HakJak Productions part-time in 2015, while finishing up college courses, working a full-time job and raising a family.

When his first project, Guts and Glory, went viral on YouTube, he took a leap of faith to work on the project full-time. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, signing with publisher TinyBuild, and many updates later, the game recently launched on Steam’s Early Access platform to let the community help shape the future of the project.

When he’s not writing code, creating art, or consuming too much coffee, he can be found spending time with his family of five, spoiling his dogs or, of course, playing video games.

“Reallusion is helping to level the playing field between AAA game studios and indie game developers. Character Creator gave me far more freedom and power to create what I wanted than any other character creation software I have used. ” – Jed Steen / HakJak Studios

Invader Studios, HakJak Games and Vassago Studios Reveal Game Character Creation & Animation Solution

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Game developers face constant challenges to deliver their game from concept to commercialization and some have chosen the Reallusion iClone character creation and animation solution to get their title to market faster and help to keep their studio on budget.

Featured game developers using Reallusion’s character and facial animation tools include; Invader Studios, HakJak Games, Vassago Studios and more featuring Unreal Engine, Unity and CRYENGINE.

*Check out some of the real-life stories below on how Reallusion’s new Game Character standards have empowered indie studios and solo game developers alike.

Invader Studios officially confirms iClone Faceware Facial Mocap technology for Daymare: 1998

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12/12/2017 Rome, ITA – Invader Studios from Italy, is an independent software house located in the Roman countryside. The company was officially founded in July 2016 by a group of young and ambitious game developers. The core team is made of more than 10 professionals with external collaborators working remotely from different regions.

After the worldwide resonance of our Resident Evil 2 unofficial remake, and our meeting and support from Capcom Ltd. in Osaka, Japan we at Invader Studios are currently working on our first cinematographic survival horror IP developed with the Unreal Engine 4 titled: Daymare: 1998, which is planned to be released in 2018 on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

Today, Invader Studios would like to announce that thanks to Reallusion’s Faceware Realtime for iClone Facial Mocap, Daymare: 1998 will be more cinematographic than ever as this animation technology has enabled us to streamline the production of our first, third person survival horror IP.

“iClone 7 now has an amazing AAA game studio-level tool for creation of realistic facial animations.” – Michelle Giannone / Invader Studios

Indie Studio uses iClone & Character Creator in CryEngine Darkness Anomaly Horror Game

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Vassago Studios was founded in 2014 by Roman Perezogin, who has been working independently with his own funds in this one-man studio, where he has utilized iClone and its Character Creator tool to meet deadlines and funding for the game.

In 2015 the production of the first Vassago Studios title “Darkness Anomaly” started with the creation of a playable demo which tapped into the CRYENGINE INDIE DEVELOPMENT FUND –  a grant program for the indie dev teams doing work with CRYENGINE.

The aim of the campaign was to test the atmosphere of CRYENGINE for a horror game. In 2016, preparations for the campaign began, bringing insights to whether there is interest in the game idea for Steam – Valve’s digital distribution platform. After only 3 days, Darkness Anomaly ranked 10th of all submitted projects.

“Creating beautiful, highly-detailed NPCs in hours, and letting them come alive in the CRYENGINE was never so easy before! We are very lucky to have found the iClone software for indie devs.” – Roman Perezogin

 

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