North is arguably the best-known actor in videogames, due in no small
part to his having starred in pretty much all of them. And while he's
relishing his role as the vocal and facial lead of the Assassin's
Creed franchise, North has a suggestion for Ubisoft: he wants to
start strapping ping-pong balls to his extremities in the name of
Assassin's Creed, and he wants other voice-actors to do the same.
Uncharted's Nathan Drake, North is responsible for full-body
motion-capture, whereas his contribution to Assassin's is restricted
to the neck up. “Don't get me wrong,” North explains to CVG, “the
mo-cap actors do a great job, but there will always be somewhat of a
disconnect when it's done this way.”
On Uncharted, says North,
“the cutscenes are shot exactly like a film or television program.
The actors interact more naturally and unique and subtle elements to
the performances are captured. Don't think for a minute that gamers
don't notice. They're a savvy bunch.”
Revelations launches today (here's our review),
giving fans the ideal opportunity to test their savvy through close
observance of the game's motion-capture acting. And hey, if it turns
out you can't tell the difference, you've still got a new Assassin's
Creed to play, so, win-win.