Aug. 7, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online Entertainment, LLC (SOE) today announced that the groundbreaking technology, SOEmote, is now available for free to all
(EQII) players. The in-game feature will revolutionize role-playing games (RPGs) by truly putting the 'role-play' back into role-playing games. By bringing the unique personalities of each player to life through their characters, both visually and audibly in real-time, SOEmote provides an unparalleled immersive experience. The feature is compatible with most PCs and webcams.
players direct access to the kind of facial animation technology which has been perfected for
, and we cannot wait to see what our community will create with it," said
, executive director of development for the
franchise continues to break new ground, and we are proud to bring new depth to the franchise by giving players unprecedented tools for personal expression and interaction."
players will have access to SOEmote, which features:
- Live Driver, Image Metrics' proprietary, real-time facial analysis, expression tracking and animation technology, uses standard web cams to analyze thousands of expression measurements per second and then transfer that data so that the character's expressions precisely reflect the player's in real time.
- Voice fonts that allow players to sound like any character that they play as. For example, if a player is playing as a Ratonga and speaks into a microphone to play, their in-game voice will resemble that of their character or a voice of their choice.
"For gamers – and especially role-players – the more immersive the experience, the better the game. SOE is using Liver Driver in SOEmote to unlock levels of expression and interaction between EQII players that simply haven't been possible until now," said
, CEO of Image Metrics. "Live Driver lets players simply be themselves and inhabit their character in a completely natural way. With it,
captures and reflects the slightest nuances of expression and emotion, allowing for the kinds of social experiences that players and developers have sought to create for years."
In celebration of the launch of
, SOE is inviting players to create :30 videos that demonstrate the depth and creativity that the new innovative feature will bring to the
gameplay experience. From
August 8, 2012
September 8, 2012
, players are invited to submit :30 videos that showcase SOEmote in original, creative, and expressive ways. Qualifying videos will be entered to win a grand prize trip for two to SOE Live, SOE's annual player celebration in
, and the opportunity to have their video broadcast to fellow
gamers at the
role-playing-themed panel at SOE Live. For more information on the SOEmote contest, please visit
For assets, please visit:
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About Image Metrics
Founded in 2000, Image Metrics is a pioneer in the field of computer vision with numerous patents held in facial recognition, analysis and animation technologies. The company's proprietary algorithms capture, recognize and analyze nuanced facial expressions and emotions in real-time using nothing more than a standard webcam, allowing companies to add compelling new consumer experiences to their products. Image Metrics also licenses powerful SDKs, including Live Driver, its real-time facial animation technology, and PortableYou, its avatar creation platform. The company's integrations include Sony Online Entertainment's MMORPG EverQuest II. Image Metrics is headquartered in
Santa Monica, Calif.
, with a Research Lab in
, U.K. For more information or to request a demo, please visit
SOURCE Sony Online Entertainment, LLC