A new Planet Side 2 dev spot introduces us to senior technical animator David Thornfield and his work for the game. He talks about his career and early days in game animation, while spending most of his time with Rogue Planet Games on Planet Side 2.
Among Thornfield’s early work on the game was some of the Endeavor weapons. Since these weapons reloaded in a way that involved removing a slider from the side of the gun, animating it required completely new animations for first and third person compared to the other models.
He also goes behind the scenes of the creation of the Chimera battle tank. Since the tank spins up front, they had to figure out how to set it up so that it could be animated smoothly and also follow the vehicle’s requirements in the game. He and his oar managed to use two sets of wheels. front onto the platform, where the front wheels remained invisible but were really what propelled the tank. The second set of wheels is visible and appears to be the one controlling the movement of the tank, but they’re really only there to be seen. Finally, they animated the tank with those moves and then had to refine the looks and make it work from all angles.
The rest of the spotlight is some tips for getting into the games as an artist and a great behind-the-scenes look at how new assets come into the game. We’re all going to love new gear or shiny new loot sometimes, but the creators go through a whole process to bring us these adorable weapons and vehicles.
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