Kojima tweets demo of Fox Engine's facial rendering capabilities

Twitter is the perfect medium for Hideo Kojima: it's popular, pithy, idiosyncratic and ripe for misunderstanding – just like the Metal Gear maestro, who likes to use the platform to share glimpses of whatever he's working on. HK's Twitter feed recently became the medium of choice for sharing several demo shots of Kojima Productions' Fox Engine, the multiplatform tool Kojima hopes to develop into “the world's top engine.”

Having released some glimpses of the engine's ability to render foliage (a must for existing Kojima titles) and horses (doubtless a pivotal point in future escapades), Kojima this week shared a series of shots highlighting the engine's facial rendering abilities, showing equal prowess at depicting “stoicism,” “indecision” and “football hooliganism.” Kojima stressed that the shots use temporary shaders – explaining the dodgy discolored lighting – and that the character depicted is no relation to Volgin from Snake Eater (really, shame on anyone who thought the series could only accommodate one scar-faced sourpuss). He then proceeded to mock his own creation for the existential hinterland in which it semi-resides, because he's still Hideo goddamn Kojima, don't you forget.

Aug 18, 2011

Source: Andriasang


  • LewisR - August 20, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    I want the polish he uses for that shiney head forehead effect. Getting my mojo back.
  • BobsYurUncle - August 19, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    I had to draw comparisons:
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - August 19, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    His face is so shiny! Truly next gen!
  • dyingisfunny - August 19, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    That second one bothers me. The mouth shows he's shouting angrily, so shouldn't the brows scowl and the eyes close shut? Or if he's thinking out loud, that mouth is definitely not the shape for it.
  • archnite - August 19, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    I'm guessing the demo mans bald because he wanted to show off the engine's face capabilities not hair. Anyway, even if Kojima isn't the big boss on it I hope he puts out something soon on Metal Gear Rising, my rabid MGS fanboy-ism HUNGERS!
  • minimaxi - August 19, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    why bother making 'world's top engine' when a mere mention of his name will garner a shitload of 11 out 10 reviews from rabid fanboys and garmes jarnalist?
  • jackthemenace - August 19, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    @Vordhosbn- He's just worked out a 9-letter word on Countdown. The faces look pretty good. and I love Kojima. Plus, with the ability to render horses, it's only so long before Kojima teams up with Bethesda...
  • Vordhosbn - August 19, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    I'm trying to work out the 2nd faces emotion....the mouth says "ARGHHH" but the eyes say "hmmmmm".
  • kluivertus - August 19, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    This dude looks EXACTLY like Sam Worthington
  • onetimebuster - August 19, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    I want a scar like that.
  • Mattdawarrior - August 19, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    The last photo looks like a very rugged Cole Mcgrath.

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