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Cyberpunk 2077 Lip Sync and Facial Animation Is A Massive Upgrade Over Witcher 3

JALI Procedural Tech

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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The lip syncing and facial animation for Cyberpunk 2077 is looking to be a huge step up from Witcher 3 thanks to some new tech called JALI.

In fact, there’s a whole SIGGRAPH video detailing this procedural tech with CD Projekt RED’s Mateusz Pop?awski explicitly stating that the team wanted to create better lip syncing than the Witcher 3 with “muscle-driven emotional expressions.”

As the video shows, it genuinely does work. The tech takes into account brow, neck, mouth, eyes, and emotional movements into consideration to produce the final animation. There’s even a clip of this working in-game starting at 14:51 in the video below.

The tech also works in 10 languages for Cyberpunk 2077 using custom pronouncing dictionaries for all languages, and grapheme-to-phoneme (G2P) models for all languages. This allows the prediction of out-of-vocabulary words. You can watch the full video below:


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.