Why video game horses are so hard to animate

As a self-professed horse girl, I’ve always appreciated when video games gives me the chance to ride. But what goes into getting humankind’s favorite, majestic, finger-nail strutting freaks of nature into video games?

It’s a lot harder than it sounds. Horses, like all quadrupeds, are much more challenging to animate than bipeds like humans.

“As soon as you have more legs, you have a lot of options. You need to put more thought into ‘when does which leg does what,’” Alice Ruppert told me. Ruppert is a creative producer at Aesir Interactive, which is working on Horse Tales – Emerald Valley Ranch, a horse game that will come out this winter.

Importantly, Ruppert also
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