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The Modeling Behind "By Three They Come" Diablo 4 Cinematic Trailer

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ArtStation posted an article on the modeling on "By Three They Come," the announcement cinematic for Diablo 4 that was 16 months in the making.

Diablo 4 was unveiled in style at BlizzCon 2019, and here is the official announcement cinematic trailer.

For the Blizzard cinematics modeling team, the most difficult things to tackle were character performances, dialogue, and close-ups, according to Modeling Supervisor Shannon Thomas.

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The team chose to cast actors for facial reference.

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At Blizzard, they don't want characters to be photorealistic, which is why they've also been given concept art.

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The director gravitated toward the actor for the cleric because he liked his appearance, but this was more of an exception, and they pushed the swordsman more towards the concept and away from the character.

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All the animations in the cinematic trailer were handcrafted, including the close-up facial animations.

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You can read more in the article on ArtStation.Source: ArtStation

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Checking that ArtStation page actually ruined the cinematic for me, as it turns out that big burly guy is actually a female Barbarian. I mean... what?

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