Epic Games Unveils App for Creating Astoundingly Lifelike Humans

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Epic Games has introduced a new browser-based app that allows game developers to design incredibly realistic, high-fidelity digital humans. Dubbed “MetaHuman Creator,” the Fortnite developer’s advanced tool makes the difficult and time-consuming process of creating high-quality digital humans far easier by leveraging extensive libraries of appearances, which can be used to generate characters that are ready for animation in Unreal Engine.

“MetaHuman Creator is a cloud-streamed app designed to take real-time digital human creation from weeks or months to less than an hour, without compromising on quality,” Epic explained. “It works by drawing from an ever-growing library of variants of human appearance and motion, and enabling you to create convincing new characters through intuitive workflows that let you sculpt and craft the result you want.”

“You can select from around 30 hair styles that use Unreal Engine’s strand-based hair, or hair cards for lower-end platforms. There’s also a set of example clothing to choose from, as well as 18 differently proportioned body types.”

Epic Games’ MetaHuman Creator app has not been released yet, but game developers will be able to check it out within the next few months as part of an Early Access program. Epic has also offered two sample projects that users can explore, modify, and use in Unreal Engine 4.26.1 or later projects.

Tsing Mui
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