In the latest Hitman: Absolution behind-the-scenes video, the game's developers at IO Interactive discuss the work they put into Absolution's cutscenes.
IO put its cast of A-list Hollywood actors — including Powers Boothe, Shannyn Sossamon, and Vivica Fox — in full performance-capture gear. That includes a skin-tight motion-capture "monkey suit," as Boothe puts it, and a head camera to pick up subtle facial expressions. The studio's animators then layered the story's characters over those performances, adding cinematic camera pans and angles to create film-like cutscenes.
Frederik Budolph-Larsen, an animator at IO Interactive, says, "This is just a natural evolution in games — to lean on what we've learned from cinema."