Video games are built on so many aspects generative AI tools can help with: witty dialogue, uniquely styled animation, and rich storytelling.
With the right generative AI tools, perfecting these fundamental video game elements can be achieved in a fraction of the time. By getting to that first draft faster, you also have more time to explore different creative options, refine your work, and discover solutions you may not have had access to without generative AI.
So, designers, developers, illustrators, animators, and enthusiasts – we’ve curated a list of six groundbreaking generative AI tools for video game development.
Let’s dive in.
Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence that can produce novel content. This is why apps like Midjourney can create intricate images, and bots like ChatGPT can generate poetry and fiction from some simple text inputs. These high-quality outputs have even gone so far as to help create a Skippet blog.
In comparison, traditional AI can only classify or make predictions based on data it has been trained on. Actions can range from simple – like data organization – to more complex – like performing a competitor analysis.
Employed by the likes of Warner Bros., Playstation, and the BBC, Charisma AI brings spellbinding characters to life through its generative AI model.
The company emphasizes the rich storytelling capabilities of its AI-generated characters, who can give emotional responses, remember past interactions, and use state-of-the-art voices to set the character apart.
Among their recent work, Charisma AI has partnered with Epic Games' MetaHumans, which can quickly create high-quality digital humans. Using Charisma’s Unreal Engine plugin, creatives can edit and preview dynamic character performances and scripts in real time.
The potential for AI-generated video games is expanded on by GANimator, which is a video game animator’s dream. GANimator focuses on AI-generated movement, which can create motions that resemble the core elements of the original motion while simultaneously synthesizing novel and diverse movements.
GANimator’s tech also covers applications like crowd simulation, frame editing, style transfer, and interactive control for a variety of skeletal structures, e.g., bipeds, quadrupeds, hexapeds, and more–all from a single input sequence. This means that once you get the first inputs down, the most laborious aspects of animation are left to the generative AI.
The software can produce high-quality outputs using less than 1% of the input data. In short, you get a lot more out of the program than what you’re putting in–even for the most complex of motions.
Hidden Door’s primary goal is to be able to turn any work of fiction into an immersive collaborative roleplaying experience.
The platform uses generative AI to power somewhat of a Dungeons & Dragons experience. Players can jump into their favorite story worlds turned into dynamic graphic novels, with text and images generated based on their choices.
The company has continuously expressed a strong focus on content moderation, enabling players to enjoy the world while safeguarding the game for younger players.
According to Co-Founder and CEO Hilary Mason, “The challenge is to design a system that can improvise alongside creative players while guiding diverse and safe story experiences, and we believe we’ve done just that.”
Latitude, creator of the text-based adventure game AIDungeon, is now moving into generative AI. Jumping off from the massive success of AIDungeon in 2019, the company has now shifted its focus to AI-generated world-building with Voyage.
Voyage, Latitude’s latest generative AI endeavor, is a dynamic platform boasting the creation of immersive worlds with endless possibilities. The company’s goal is for users to play the same games over and over and have a completely new experience each time.
Among their vast kit of AI tools is also AI Art Studio, an AI image generator that works much like DALL-E•2 and Midjourney, creating images in response to a text prompt.
For anime illustrators, Spellbrush is a video game illustration platform that uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to assist with line art, automatic coloration, sketches, and concept art.
The company’s AI helps illustrators and animators finish pieces up to 10 times faster by automating away much of the manual labor involved in shading, rendering, and coloring illustrations.
Spellbrush’s latest generative AI endeavor is Niji•Journey, a collaboration between Spellbrush and household image generator Midjourney. The app focuses on anime image generation and can produce higher quality anime-style images versus Midjourney alone.
Scenario’s GenAI helps developers design custom art generators trained on their own content. The platform allows users to build their own proprietary AI engine, taking away any issues concerning image ownership.
To train the AI, users only need to input a few example images of characters, props, or environments. Once the software has been trained, it works like any other text-to-image generator. The resulting images are not limited to the game itself; they can also be used for promotional material.
CEO Emmanuel de Maistre has stated that “Generative AI will be as transformational for game development as Photoshop has been for digital photography, but it cannot get there without the same commitment to stylistic consistency, ease of use, and the rights of the individual artist.”
With revolutionary tools, generative AI is helping those in the video game industry charter a new and exciting course for gaming, creating new pathways for developers and players to explore.
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