Krafton has shared a press release regarding ANA, the company’s new virtual human that was developed using artificial intelligence and Unreal Engine’s 3D-based hyper-realism technology, advancements that have enabled the creation of a character that some say is barely indistinguishable from reality. Images shared by the PUBG owner can confirm ANA’s hyper-realistic appearance, one that blurs the lines between a digital character and a real human thanks to intricate details that include baby hairs and fluff on her skin, including realistic movement fueled by face-rigging technology. Krafton says that ANA can even act and sing just like a real human thanks to advanced voice synthesis and other deep learning technologies, talents that could enable her to compete closely with real-life influencers and other entertainment figures. More about ANA will be revealed later this year through images, videos, and her “unique story arc.”
“ANA is a hyper-realistic virtual human created by KRAFTON’s unparalleled technology. We expect her to attract the interest and popularity of Gen Z around the world,” said Josh Seokjin Shin, Head of the Creative Center of KRAFTON. “ANA will release an original music track and expand her scope of activity as an influencer into various areas across entertainment and esports,” he added.
KRAFTON has worked internally to create a virtual human that can be accepted and approved by audiences across the world. ANA was developed through the hyperrealism production technology of Unreal Engine and ANA proudly displays a hyper-realistic appearance, blurring the lines between a digital character and a real human. With human-like features, such as the baby hairs and fluff on her skin, ANA truly looks unlike any other virtual human that currently exists through other technologies. The highly-advanced face rigging technology delicately expresses the movement of the pupil, fine facial muscles and wrinkles, and enables the natural joint movement across the entire body. Additionally, deep learning technologies, such as advanced voice synthesis, help create an artificial intelligent voice for ANA so she can act and sing just like a real human.