Holotech Studios SRL is a Romania-based small indie team building the FaceRig program. The team members have various professional backgrounds, but most of us come from traditional console game development.
Most people in our core team wished there was out there a program or a tool that would enable us to embody any fantastic game character or creature during our online interactions, whether on social networks or while playing MMO’s with friends who are on a separate Skype call. There simply wasn’t a program out there to do all that with good quality. So we set out to building it ourselves, got it crowdfunded through Indiegogo.com thanks to over 14000 amazing backers, and started selling it through Steam.
After building FaceRig with 3D characters, we realized that the many hobby-level creators find it too complex to build their creations in 3D, so we set out to look for 2D animation SDK’s. However, most of them were tailored for small game development studios, especially adept at generating sprites for side-scroller platformer games, and very few were actually focused on creating outstanding portraits. Live2D’s attention to portrait detail and openness to empower any artist to bring their own creations to life were the key points that won our deep appreciation.
We hope the Live2D SDK will continue to grow, and we hope to be able to use it in a VR environment in the future.