EA made a series of videos meant to showcase its 'next-gen' video games, and the results are accidentally horrifying

EAThe video is part of a series of videos from EA that showcase the company’s Frostbite engine.
  • EA, like every other major game studio, is working on software for next-generation game consoles – the game consoles from Sony and Microsoft that will replace the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • As a means of demonstrating that work, EA released a series of videos showcasing what it’s capable of creating with its Frostbite game creation software suite.
  • While the videos demonstrate beautiful visuals, they are also accidentally horrifying.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As computer graphics become more and more advanced, human characters look more and more real.

The idea behind this is simple: Video games can be more cinematic and their stories more believable when they’re able to render realistic human characters.

Quantic Dream‘Detroit: Become Human’ on PlayStation 4 and PC is a game that strives for realistic representations of human characters.

But there’s a major problem with games attempting to produce human beings – they often fail, and the result is a human-like creature that registers to actual people as creepy rather than impressive.

This is known as the “uncanny valley” effect.

A new software showcase from blockbuster game company Electronic Arts demonstrates this effect near-perfectly:

Admittedly, this video is so especially creepy because it features an animated mannequin moving around and acting like a human person.

By animating a normally inanimate object, EA accidentally amped up the creepiness level tremendously.

The video is part of a series of videos from EA that showcase the company’s Frostbite engine – a suite of software used to create games like “Battlefield” and “FIFA.” The videos are intended to “offer a glimpse into how future Frostbite-powered games will look like,” EA said in a blog post.

Instead, they offer a glimpse into a dark world where faceless mannequins pretend to be people.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.