There have been numerous exciting announcements from Roblox’s Developer Convention this year, with one of the most intriguing ones being the future addition of facial recognition and animations across the platform. With this addition, on top of the already existing VR compatibility, Roblox is quickly becoming one of the top leaders for full-immersion chatting and role-play and is a major competitor for existing apps that offer these abilities—primarily VRChat.
Facial Animations and Roblox
There’s no specific news as to when this feature will be released site-wide. However, a brief clip was shown that allowed viewers to see its development so far. During a panel on Oct. 14, 2021, Roblox founder and CEO Dave Baszucki took to the stage to showcase a quick video in which he utilized the new feature.
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The fan reaction to this announcement remains mixed at the time of this article, with some fans reluctant to the addition while others cheer it on excitedly.
The future of animation
Baszucki also announced that he recently sat down with Pixar co-founder and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios Edwin Catmull during this panel. They discussed how the continued development within animation and technology, in general, will create and leave a lasting impact on the world quickly. There’s no news on if Pixar and Roblox have any future collaboration plans; however, this announcement, and this year’s RDC overall, has seemingly opened up many doors within the Metaverse and beyond.
For more RDC coverage and news, read through our articles on Age Content Ratings and Mature Games are coming to Roblox | RDC 2021 and Spatial Audio is coming soon to Roblox | RDC 2021, and check back with the Roblox section of Pro Game Guides regularly for more updates as they happen!