Video: L.A. Noire Motionscan technology

The next big title to emerge from Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire is a dark and violent detective thriller set in Los Angeles during the post-war years of the late-Forties. Players take the reins of newly minted detective Cole Phelps (Aaron Staton of Mad Men) as he solves gruesome and mind-bending cases, interrogates suspects, and rises through the ranks of the LAPD in a city where everyone has something to hide.

L.A. Noire is the first game ever to use a brand new technology called MotionScan, which goes beyond traditional motion capture to put real actor’s performances inside the game, creating a level of realism and immersion never before seen in a videogame. Using a special high definition, 32-camera rig to accurately scan and digitise an actor’s facial performances, Motionscan captures every subtle emotional detail, allowing players to truly feel like a detective as they read the emotional behavior of every character in order to get to the truth.

LA Noire will be released for the Xbox and PlayStation 3 in spring 2011.