Game on! Nickelodeon is making a brand new animated show that gamers will love. Not only does the show center on a video-game family, but the show itself will also be created using a game engine and some pretty neat technology.
Nickelodeon recently announced the creation of a new TV, virtual reality and augmented reality show called Meet the Voxels, which follows a family of video-game characters named, you guessed it: the Voxels. Ever wondered what happens to your favorite video game characters when they aren't on screen? Meet the Voxels gives kids an opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the life of video game characters.
In the show, every member of the family is part of a different video game. For instance, one of the teenagers stars in a laser-tag video game while another is on a quest to pop as many bubbles as possible. The mom is a Street Fighter and the dad is from an old 90's game and done with the business. And the youngest kid? He's just trying to figure out where he belongs like the rest of us.
But not only is the animated show set in the world of video games, but Nickelodeon is using a game engine to create the show. A game engine is the software environment in which video, computer, and mobile games are created — meaning Meet the Voxels will be created using the same technology as actual games. Nickelodeon's Entertainment Lab is also using technology such as real-time full body and facial performance capture to create the show, which will air globally across Nickelodeon's channels.
“Our vision is to take the real-time technology we’ve been exploring in the Lab and marry it with a creative concept that connects with kids and their passion for video games," said Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab. "We designed this next-gen animation workflow and filled it with characters who can exist naturally across multiple platforms from day one.”
No word yet on when we'll actually meet the Voxels. So in the meantime, just keep playing games in preparation.