It looks like computer-generated digital humans are rapidly exiting the uncanny valley. Just take a look at Unreal Engine’s impressive new MetaHuman Creator, which lets you create photorealistic “fake” people in just minutes.
Unreal Engine has published the above video that is the closest example we’ve seen yet to a demonstration of technology that can depict realistic human faces and bodies to the degree it is very possible to envision a future where this technology looks as real as reality. The company calls it MetaHuman Creator, and it’s slated for release this year.
Below are a few examples of “humans” created with the software:
Unreal Engine is a real-time 3D graphics creation platform that is owned by Epic Games Studios that is at the core of many video games and has been regularly updated with the times. It was first deployed in 1998 in the first-person shooter game, Unreal (hence its name) but has seen its use branch out across the industry since. What were once crudely depicted landscapes that were riddled with obvious polygons has evolved along with computing power to give us some truly exceptional nearly true-to-life graphics.
While video games have gotten more advanced, even the most technically impressive ones still contain what are obviously computer-generated people. While it is possible studios were going for the most human-like look possible, most gamers haven’t been clamoring for games that actually look like movies or reality. Gameplay is often more important than graphics in the long run, but that hasn’t stopped the developers of the Unreal Engine from continually trying to push the envelope since graphics demonstrations are most often the best way to get eyes on a new video game.