Microsoft's Xbox team has announced a significant partnership with Inworld, focused on harnessing generative AI technology for future game development. This collaboration aims to create an "AI co-pilot" for game developers, capable of generating detailed scripts, dialogue trees, and quests based on simple text prompts, potentially speeding up the game development process. The partnership also intends to develop an AI runtime engine that can power characters, allowing games to generate new stories, quests, and dialogues based on user input, enhancing the interactivity of non-player characters (NPCs) and enabling AI-generated side-quests.
Inworld's technology has already been demonstrated through Inworld Origins, showcasing how characters can respond to player input without pre-scripted dialogue choices. This advancement can significantly reduce the time required for game development. While this innovation holds great potential, it may also raise concerns about the potential impact on human game developers, similar to how AI technology has already replaced certain tasks previously performed by human artists and voice actors.
Microsoft and Inworld plan to provide more details about this partnership on November 17 at the G-Star Korea trade show event, where the full scope and implications of this AI-powered game development initiative will likely be discussed.