Nolan North recently expressed huge admiration for the way Naughty Dog have conducted their motion capture and approach to voice acting, having actors record their lines on a sound stage whilst acting out scenes for full mo-cap. It's an approach which North suggests Ubisoft might be wise to adopt for Assassin's Creed.
Talking with CVG, the prolific voice actor stated that there's certainly a feeling of disconnection that occurs when you're adding lines to a scene rather than acting the scene out fully and that the results, although perhaps relatively subtle to watch.
'I wish it wasn’t done separately, said North, referring to the process on Assassin's Creed. 'Don’t get me wrong, the mo-cap actors do a great job, but there will always be somewhat of a disconnect when it’s done this way. After my experiences on the Uncharted franchise, where the actors do both performance and voice, I can honestly say there is absolutely a difference.
'The cut-scenes 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.'
Assassin's Creed: Revelations emerged yesterday, and we'll have a review for you soon. In the interim, you can check out our Uncharted 3 review here.