Want your mind blown? That was actually, literally Nolan North's face in Uncharted 4

Fans have long pointed out that video game voice actor Nolan North bears more than a passing resemblance to one of his most famous roles, Nathan Drake. But in the newest issue of Edge Magazine, North described how blurry the line between his real and digital selves has really become:

"They mapped my face for Uncharted 4 (opens in new tab)," North said. "Every wrinkle is mine, just over his bone structure. That’s my face, for god’s sakes." And I know what you're thinking: that's just facial motion capture, the industry has been doing it for years. But not like this they haven't.

Previously, Naughty Dog would capture an actor's movements by recording an actor's face, and then use the footage as reference for hand-animating the characters. The tech North is referring to quite literally transplants his face onto Drake's skull in real-time, wrinkles and all.

While there's sadly no footage of said North's face-swapping, we can see the technology in action thanks to this demo showing off animation tools used for The Last of Us 2 (opens in new tab):

So if you fear that you'll never get to meet Nolan North in person, just look longingly into Drake's eyes instead. It really is the next best thing.

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Sam Prell

Sam is a former News Editor here at GamesRadar. His expert words have appeared on many of the web's well-known gaming sites, including Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a serious soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.