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Session Name: Physical Animation in 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order'
Speaker(s): Bartlomiej Waszak
Company Name(s): Respawn Entertainment
Track / Format: Programming

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Overview: 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order' uses physical simulation blended with authored animations to create high-fidelity character motion. In this presentation, we will describe how our physical animation system improves motion fluidity, smooths out transitions and provides a nuanced character performance. Examples shown will include hero traversal mechanics, stormtrooper death performances, and the companion droid BD-1. We will describe several solutions for blending physics with target animations, discuss the control parameters and tradeoffs associated with each technique, and show implementations achieved using Unreal Engine 4 and PhysX.

GDC Summer 2020

Bartlomiej Waszak

Respawn Entertainment

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