Cage: New Quantic Dream tech ahead of LA Noire’s

Friday, 1st April 2011 01:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Heavy Rain creator David Cage has said Team Bondi’s specially-developed Motion Scan technology is a “dead end”, and that Quantic Dream’s new technology is already more advanced.

“I think [Motion Scan is] an interesting solution to a problem for now. But it’s also an interesting dead end,” the studio head told CVG.

“That’s exactly what I feel. Their technique is incredibly expensive and they will never be able to shoot body and face at the same time.”

Cage said Quantic Dream, which provides motion capture services to cinema alongside games development, is already able to do just that.

“We see a huge difference between shooting the face and body separately and shooting everything at the same time. Suddenly you’ve got a real sense of acting that is consistent. You can’t imagine how related what you say with your face is to what your body does,” he said.

“[MotionScan] will never be able to do that.”

The director added that Motion Scan doesn’t allow for real time lighting, limits shader use, and can’t reposition eyes to ensure characters are looking in the right direction – and that Motion Scan does not have the potential to overcome these issues.

“I think L.A Noire looks good – honestly, it does – but I don’t think they’ll go much further than where they are.

“With the technology we use, we can improve; there is a lot of room for improvement and we hope to show very soon where we are now.”

Cage said his team had made “significant progress” since Heavy Rain, and expects to equal Avatar over the next few years.




  1. Phoenixblight

    Man this guy, not sure who is worse Cage, Bleszinski,Yerli, Molyneux. We need a death match for all these guys to be in one space but they won’t be fighting just see who can oversell their game the most.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DeathJynx

    Seriously… who is the asshole who keeps interviewing this guy?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. neon6
    I would love to see something to support his claims. Like a tech demo.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Cage was alright right up until Heavy Rain came out, now he’s had his big success game he’s got kind of arrogant. He used to be cool and full of enthusiasm now he just seems to talk down to everyone.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    He’s actually right. If you watch the trailers of LA Noire, it really shows. It just looks awkward. I think the guys already know that this is a dead end.

    Can’t wait to see something that shows his claims are true.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. dark_prince123

    just because he made a game that sold couple million copies doesn’t mean he is the greatest, i played HR and it was an okay game with a B movie story.
    and MGS 4 facial details >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> HR

    #6 4 years ago
  7. daytripper

    david cage, fuck off.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. HauntaVirus

    I agree with him but when the hell is his next game coming??? 2013??? LA NOIRE comes out soon.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    Speak with your tech, not with your mouth.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Aimless

    Maybe if people dismounted their high horses they’d be able to read the quotations in the article, not just the headline, and realise he’s not being arrogant at all.

    MotionScan seems to work great in LA Noire and will be suitable for certain other types of games, but it’s pretty much a bust when applied to anything not aiming for straight realism with its characters. The majority of games fall into the latter category.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @10 Thank you for that post. Spared me the need to insult people for being utterly ignorant cunts.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    I read it and he is needlessly comparing the Quantum’s tech does versus LA Noire where it is pretty obvious.

    Its like Square Enix comparing the Crystal engine versus CD Projekt RED engine.

    If wanted the most up to date tech I would play HR but I like my games to be interactive and thats where HR falls waaaay short compared to Rockstar’s games.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Aimless

    @12 So when asked a question about motion capture he shouldn’t draw on his own extensive experience?

    This is not David Cage sending out a press release, he was answering an interview question with an honest opinion. If you’re going to punish him for that… well, what the hell do you want from an interview?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight


    Then maybe its the interviews but it always seems to be David Cage versus the industry.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. mathare92

    @10 +10

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TD_Monstrous69

    You know what, I like devlopers like this. He and David Jaffe, I think are developers that are the most honest, and tell it like it is. Now whether or not motion scan truly turns out to be a dead end in game development, I think might be a little too early to judge wth only one game. Though as I was typing this, I was kind of thinking though, where exactly could Rockstar/Team Bondi go with this kind of technology as far implementation into future IP’s? Another thing I was thinking, would really like to see the advanced tech that David Cage claims that Quantic Dream has as of this moment. Guess that’s what E3′s for (or GamesCom).

    #16 4 years ago
  17. onlineatron

    Used to respect David Cage, but with every interview he leans more towards the ‘John Cage’ end of the douche-o-meter.

    Fuck that portentous 4’33 bullshit.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gadzooks!

    Cage can fuck right off. Seriously, the arrogant, ignorant asswipe doesnt even belong in the games business.

    He has no right to criticise ANY developer after releasing the piss-poor excuse for a game called Heavy Rain. Sure it looked pretty when it wasnt tearing like a bastard, but remaking Dragons Lair with a terrible plot and such ‘mature’ content as a shower scene gains him absolutely no respect from anyone.

    Bondi not only have a game that looks a million times better than Heavy Rain and has far more convincing acting, but it’s actually a GAME not a stupid pointless set of fucking QTE’s.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Blerk

    Peter’s going to have to do some serious work, he’s losing a hell of a lot of internet-hate ground to David of late!

    #19 4 years ago
  20. itsucks

    Pretentions piece of shit so butthurt that he didn’t even got invited to the Tribeca Film Festival like L.A. Noire did, for is crap game, he needs to do control damage? Jesus, get a life if you can’t bald fatass.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. AHA-Lambda

    fucking hell i cant believe i used to kinda like this guy, he’s been slipping in my estimations ever since heavy rain was released.

    Fair enough with whatever does happen with LA noire’s tech but i bet you it’ll be a damned better game than HR

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Rain

    Cage has turned 180 degrees since the day Heavy Rain launched(IMO it was a 7.5 game with poor walking controls,weak animations,a story full of holes and uneven visuals and wrong accents)He speaks like HR had outsold Black Ops

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    I don’t get it. Why you are all bat shit insane about his comments?
    He is just saying that he have a better technology, not the better game.

    MotionScan is not perfect. It’s not only expensive, but it’s super heavy on the current generation of hardware. While faces are really good, everything else looks bad because Motionscan requires additional resource for face recognition that prevent from using additional shaders.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. typeface

    I’ve got to agree with those who don’t what the rage is about. I mean really, he’s just comparing tech which is nothing to do with the game’s story, or the game experience but just the tech that goes behind the game. In that aspect he is quite correct and he’s speaking about actual limitations.

    Instead of being annoyed at his comments wouldn’t it be better if someone bought or licensed some of the solutions they’re working on to a wider audience? I really see no problem here. I remember when imagemetrics were saying they were miles better than QD’s tech when Alan Wake was close to release but honestly imagemetrics needs still quite a ways to go. This is all about tech, not someone’s game is better than another and better tech and implementation can only lead to better solutions for the future. Developers need to be saying these sort of things these just so we get better solutions or do we just want to sit pretty with what we have and think one thing solves it all.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. M. K.

    Oh man I hate this guy. Okay there’s heavy rain and there’s some reason why critics like his game. Is there something more that makes him telling some bullshit every week?

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Rosseu

    “I don’t get it. Why you are all bat shit insane about his comments?
    He is just saying that he have a better technology, not the better game.” +1

    IMO GTA4 looks better than L.A. Noire, but since L.A. needs great facial animation I don’t mind much but I agree with Erth, top notch face animation, graphics not so good – but still ok.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Craymen Edge

    He could be right that capturing facial and body performace separately could be a dead end, but I think we need to see how LA Noir turns out first.

    Equally, Quantic Dream’s tech doesn’t seem all that to me when the only time characters in Heavy Rain look at all natural is during the non-interactive loading screens.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. viralshag

    What he has said just strikes me as bit of a sales pitch to say his tech is better than theirs and you should use Quantic Dream.

    I do have to say though, I don’t like the fact that he is pretty much predicting the potential and future of Motion Scan. What’s wrong with competition and someone doing something differently, that’s how things progress.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. M. K.

    It’s not about this statement, for me it’s just that he’s a nobody who talks trash all time about other projects without making his own stuff better ;)

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Rosseu

    Yes but improvements to their tech might actually prove his statements right, I’ve seen the behind the scenes of HR and my mind was blown as I’ve seen how they do facial animations.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. ManuOtaku

    #31 like a very good christian, i need proffs, show the tech and i will believe you..otherwise….is hard for me to believe it
    P.D and people though that dice was a punk..****rolls eyes****

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    His point about having to act twice and losing consisetncy IS true though with motion scan.

    Lessens your chance of capturing that best one time live performance with all talent present and interacting together.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. nikk900

    Wow, a lot of you guys are really missing his point and just saying “his game sucks” Just because he is talking about some tech, it makes you hate him? Okay?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    Captain, I am picking up large amounts of butthurt in this sector.

    Man, you people crack me up sometimes.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. YoungZer0

    @23: Well i be damned, Erth has wrote something that doesn’t have any insults but is also smart.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    What I don’t get is how people like Blerk and Erthazus can still read these comment sections. You sirs, are the Knights of this community.

    The rest of you? Why th reaction? We’re ultimately referring to a Frenchman running his mouth. Age old scenario.


    I kid you beautiful Franks!

    #36 4 years ago
  37. chronoss2

    i agree with Cage 10000 % .. the face capture is good in LA Noire, but it contrasts with the rest of the animations.

    Bring it on QD !!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. bluffbluff03

    @ 16 David Cage ist NO developer. he calls him self a writer and a director. He would never be able to make a GAME like LA Noire or GTA…because he is not good in integrating the gamer in the game. When you play a game directed by Cage you will always be passive, ans the Name of Divid cage will apear all over the screen when you finished it ;) . He might be able to make better animations in 2013 or so…but thats not everything what i want. he should more concentrate on a certain “gaming-experience”, so that we will not play a secound game full of qiucktimes – and please, go away from Sony. On the one hand they earn more money by working as an independent studio and on the other the, like he says, “great” tech would be able to show what it is really able to do, namely on the PC.

    #38 4 years ago

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