The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has some pretty big shoes to fill as a video game adaptation, as it’s based on one of the most popular horror franchises of all time. The game doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but we recently got some behind-the-scenes footage of the game’s motion capture components.

The 13-minute video, filmed back in July 2021, shows the actors warming up and performing some sequences in their mockup suits. Mocap does look a little silly without the context, but the final scenes will probably be much more horrifying.


Motion capture and its more complex counterpart, performance capture, have been popular forms of animating 3D models for many years. They are staples in many AAA titles, with some games like God of War Ragnarok taking the technology to new heights. For a game like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, motion capture sets an important foundation, at least according to Ronnie Hobbs, creative director at Gun Interactive.

“In the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre, there’s a lot of horror, there’s a lot of discomfort in the way the characters moved, the way they felt. So if you’re trying to translate that into a video game, really, the motion capture is where it starts.”

We also learned a little more about Johnny, a new character in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre universe. Johnny Dove Meir’s mockup performer describes him like this:

“He’s the guy you’d meet at a bar in town, who would talk to the women, make them feel very comfortable, and then bring them home. Then he becomes a not-so-nice guy when the bad guy takes over.”

A few gameplay clips are sprinkled throughout the video as well, including a scene where the player appears to be cutting a door with a chainsaw.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre is due out sometime in 2023, and will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. You can register the game on Steam Here.


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