Epic Games recently invested in Spire Animation Studios to integrate its Unreal Engine into Spire’s animation pipeline. With Epic’s Unreal Engine, Spire will apparently, be able to produce animations of the highest quality more efficiently.
The integration will also allow Spire to create worlds and experiences for the metaverse. Spire believes this will pave the way for a shift in the future of feature animation. Using Unreal Engine, the animation studio can port assets, such as characters, seamlessly into virtual worlds. Spire’s upcoming animated feature, Trouble, will be the first project to benefit from this new software integration.
Alongside Epic Games, Connect Ventures is also investing in the animation studio. Spire plans to use the funds on team expansion, creative development, new studio technologies, and building infrastructure. According to the press release, Epic will also be joining Spire’s Board of Directors.
“The talented team at Spire has decades of experience and their work has captivated audiences around the world with heartfelt storytelling and inspiring characters,” said CTO of Epic Games, Kim Libreri, in the press release, “They are at the cutting edge of animation and together we will push the state of the art in metaverse entertainment.”
According to P.J. Gunsagar, Co-founder and CEO of Spire, adding a meta-component to films that allow for user engagement before, after and throughout viewing the film has the potential to disrupt the industry. “Audiences will live and interact authentically and persistently with characters and worlds without having to wait years after a movie’s release. Story-living through VR, AR and metaverse experiences is the future. We’re passionate about bringing this vision to life with our movie Trouble.” Said Gunsagar.
In another recent endeavor, Epic Games acquired Harmonix, the creator of the Rock Band franchise. Other projects include recently hosting a virtual recreation of a KAWs art exhibit and looking into the possibility of a Fortnite movie.