Animations: .anims

How animations work in Cyberpunk


Published: Jun 28 2024 by manavortex Last documented update: Jun 28 2024 by manavortex

This page explains how animations in Cyberpunk work.

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Animations are extremely complex and as of today, poorly-documented. You can find a lot of interesting discussions in the animations channel on our discord.

If you want to join up and move that knowledge here, you are more than welcome! (How and why to edit this wiki)

What is an animation?

The process of binding meshes (weapons, clothes, body parts) to an armature is called rigging.

The armature (also rig - think "skeleton") is made of pose bones. For every frame, these pose bones will be in a certain position (keyframe). Here lies the only difference between static photo mode poses and animations:

  • A static pose (photo mode) has a fallback keyframe and a pose keyframe. Some custom poses have more, but these are not necessary.

  • An animation has up to two Fallback frames. All of its keyframes will be played in sequence.

Fallback frames

The keyframe at index 0 will be used while the animation resets, and acts whenever something in the pose can't be loaded, for example when the .anim file defines more frames than the pose in Blender.

This may lead to twitching and will hopefully be resolved in a future Wolvenkit version.

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