Bringing NPCs to Life: Microsoft’s Inworld AI Revolutionizes Xbox Gaming
Microsoft has announced a partnership with California-based artificial intelligence firm Inworld AI to enrich Xbox games with NPCs that simulate true human interaction, offering players an experience akin to reality.
Inworld AI, having previously collaborated with Unity as well as Mojang Studios under Microsoft, has introduced automated AI generation into “Minecraft” to create more interactive NPCs. The company has garnered investment from notable industry giants including Intel, Disney, Microsoft, Samsung, and LG.
This deepened alliance with Microsoft aims to merge the technical prowess of both entities to forge a comprehensive cross-platform AI toolkit. This will empower game developers to effortlessly construct character dialogue systems, narrative structures, or mission content, transforming simple descriptions into elaborate story scripts and dialogues through AI, and even crafting NPCs with distinctive personalities and enhanced interactivity.
Additionally, to ensure the safety and propriety of use, developers retain the capability to fine-tune the automatically generated content to circumvent potential controversies or intellectual property infringements.
Before this, Ubisoft launched an AI tool named Ghostwriter at GDC 2023. This tool autonomously generates varied natural dialogues for game NPCs, further enhancing the player’s interaction with these characters to feel more genuine and spontaneous.