GDC 09: Companies to build links between AI and animation run-time solutions

Autodesk and NaturalMotion to integrate middleware

Autodesk and NaturalMotion are integrating their respective game development platforms.

Recognising the increasing crossover between animation and AI, the two studios are building advanced integration between the Autodesk Kynapse artificial intelligence middleware and morpheme animation middleware engine.

“Animation and AI have become increasingly linked in modern game development, said Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion. “Pathfinding algorithms, for example, require reliable execution by the animation network; in turn, believable motion requires precise timing and steering by the AI system.”

“Autodesk and NaturalMotion believe there is tremendous potential to simplify the interaction between AI and animation for game developers, and to significantly enhance the user experience,” added Marc Stevens, Autodesk vice president of the Games Technology Group.

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