Over 40 tanks and armored vehicles in “Steel Beasts” to be overhauled with realistic artificial intelligence from xa

Quierschied, Germany – Nov. 22, 2011xaitment, the creators of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) software for video game and simulation developers, today announced that eSim Games has licensed xaitment’s COTS AI software bundle, BrainPack, to provide more realistic movement and behaviors for the armored vehicles in “ Steel Beasts Professional”, eSim’s tactical-level, armored combat training simulation. The deal comes on the eve of one of the military training and simulation market’s biggest shows, I/ITSEC, where xaitment will be exhibiting (Booth 1040).

"Steel Beasts Pro" is a virtual simulation of combined-arms-combat tactics ranging from the individual crew position up to the battalion level. The prime focus of “Steel Beasts Professional” is tactical training for armored and mechanized units. The classroom version of “Steel Beasts Pro” supports basic and advanced gunnery training for the main battle tanks Challenger 2, Leopard 2, M1A1 "Abrams", the CV90 and the M2/M3A2 "Bradley" infantry fighting vehicles. "Steel Beasts Pro" is currently being used by a dozen armies in Australia, Europe, and South America.

“Steel Beasts Pro” has grown in complexity over the years, and with that growth has come a far greater need for autonomous behavior of computer-generated forces. To simplify the deployment of realistic AI across more than 40 vehicles, eSim Games turned to xaitment and its BrainPack AI bundle. Combining both xaitMap and xaitControl in one affordable solution, BrainPack delivers runtime libraries and graphical editors that are easy to integrate into any development workflow and that will help eSim Games rapidly create detailed, high-performance NavMeshes, intelligent pathfinding and realistic movement and entity behaviors for player- and computer-controlled vehicles.

“Scripting unit behavior is a good solution for all forces that represent a part of a hierarchical organization. The complex conditions of the contemporary operational environment however make it impractical to give detailed scripted instructions to every entity in a given scenario. Civilian car traffic and hundreds of non-combatants must therefore show a much higher degree of autonomy while still retaining a scenario’s character to be a repeatable set piece of instruction.” said Nils Hinrichsen, Director of Marketing and Customer Support at eSim Games. “Even for military units a slightly higher degree of autonomy can be desirable to navigate complex environments, e.g. a mine obstacle near water on a forested river bank, or the movement of infantry in urban terrain. With xaitment’s BrainPack, we have a cost-effective, easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy solution for achieving that level of AI realism.”

“For many years eSim’s armored combat simulations have lead the way when it comes to ultra-realistic vehicle controls, environments and battle scenarios,” said Dr. Andreas Gerber, Managing Director and COO of xaitment. “The fact that they turned to xaitment to achieve that level to detail and realism is a true honor and a great endorsement for our AI software.”

For more information about the licensing deal and xaitment products, visit www.xaitment.com or come by xaitment’s pod at I/ITSEC (Booth 1040). xaitment can also be found on Twitter @xaitTicker and on Facebook.

For xaitment:

Eric Schumacher

Neology Marketing Communications



For eSim Games:

Nils Hinrichsen


About xaitment GmbH / Inc.

Founded in Germany in 2004 as an offshoot of the renowned German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DHKI), xaitment creates and sells artificial intelligence (AI) software to video game and simulation developers. xaitment’s AI software goes beyond pathfinding – its modules enable developers, through easy-to-use graphical user editors, to create automatic navigation mesh builds, intelligent movement behaviors, crowd simulations, and hierarchical probabilistic finite state machines for realistic game logic and character behavioral modeling. More information on xaitment can be found on www.xaitment.com, Twitter (@xaitTicker), and Facebook.

About eSim Games

eSim Games, LLC, is a developer of training software and serious games with a focus on armored and mechanized combat tactics. The company headquarters are located in Mountain View, California. An additional office is located in Hannover, Germany. For more information on eSim Games and its simulation, “Steel Beasts”, visit www.esimgames.com.


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