German artificial Intelligence tool company Xaitment has opened up an office in San Rafael, California in a move to bolster its work with American game studios.
The company has appointed Katja Reitemeyer as the CEO of the new office. Reitemeyer co-founded NXN Software, which originally developed the asset management software Alienbrain, and she helped establish the firm's sales operations in the US, then overseeing the product after NXN's acquisition by Avid.
"The US represents a great opportunity for xaitment," said Dr. Andreas Gerber, xaitment's group CEO.
"And Katja is the ideal person for helping us take advantage of its potential. She possesses a thorough understanding of the game development process and has built great relationships with many of the key players in the industry. We have utmost confidence that she has the skill and experience to lead our company in the US market."
Also, the company has announced the second version of its Xait-Engine is now available, designed to offer more realistic in-game behaviours.
The new version includes a hierarchical finite state machine and rules interpreter (which can be blended together to create different character movement) and also the new NavMesh Generator which lets developers define details about an environment and a bot with the system letting the bot navigate through without a predetermined path.
"We have always envisioned an AI solution that would offer game developers the ability to go beyond simple pathfinding and decision-making," said Gerber.
"The new xait-Engine will do just that. A new hierarchical Finite State Machine, an enhanced Rule Interpreter and a flexible NavMesh Generator will enable game developers to create more immersive games by easily programming bots with more lifelike actions and reactions."