Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gas Powered Games Endorses xaitment Lifelike AI

XAITMENT Turning concepts into intelligent games



Via: xaitment - Gas Powered Games Endorses xaitment AI Solution

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Saarbr├╝cken, Germany – March 12, 2009 - xaitment GmbH, one of the leading developers and service providers of artificial intelligence for games and simulation industries announced last week that Gas Powered Games, award winning game developer studio, has endorsed the German AI engine for their upcoming games.

Therefore they have signed up for xaitment’s BrainPack bundle. Built on xaitFramework 2.5, the BrainPack provides game developers at the early stages of development with flexible and affordable AI tools to turn their concepts into stunning, intelligent games …. faster and without any additional cost.


The BrainPack is available free-of-charge for all next gen platforms - MS Windows, Linux, Wii™, XBOX 360™, and Playstation®3.

“Our goal is to develop an AI that is so realistic, game players will not be able to tell the difference between real players and non-player characters“, said Dr. Andreas Gerber, Group CEO of xaitment GmbH. “Chris Taylor and its Gas Powered Games understand our strategy of delivering a modular AI system, and trusts in its ability to lift the game play in to a new level of realism.”

Chris Taylor, CEO and Founder of Gas Powered Games said:

“It’s really great to see the incredible new AI tools that xaitment has been working on. It’s the next logical step in the constantly evolving world of game development. With these tools, developers can save development energy, and
spend it more wisely making games even more fun and polished. Today, we need these kinds of tools to lower cost and increase quality”

The core technology from xaitment—the xaitEngine—is the leading technology for artificial intelligence, especially in the areas of advanced AI, decision-making and behaviors. For those seeking high level AI, the xaitEngine offers highly complex simulated behaviors that exceed comparatively simple, reactive methods. However, the AI modules also include features for the control of game as well as application logic and animation that provide lower level AI options.

The entire xaitEngine is available for purchase or customers may choose individual stand-alone modules.xaitment supports large and small development teams with cost-effective modules that can easily and efficiently be integrated into an overall AI solution for demo or full product and application projects. In addition, each module comes with an intuitive, graphical interface to ease the learning curve and get teams up-and-running faster with more advanced AI.


About xaitment GmbH

A spin-off of the world-renowned German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), xaitment was founded in 2004 with the mission to create lifelike AI for games and simulations. Their mission led to the development of the xaitEngine, a highly customizable and highly modular multi-agent system that enables bots to learn from their mistakes, coordinate activities, compete with each other and achieve their goals with uncanny realism. For more information about xaitment and the xaitEngine, visit
www.xaitment.com


About Gas Powered Games


Gas Powered Games was founded in May 1998 by acclaimed game designer and industry visionary, Chris Taylor. The founding principle for GPG was to create immersive AAA games that push the boundaries of interactive entertainment. The company's first project, Dungeon Siege, was released in April 2002, and its sequel, Dungeon Siege II was released in August 2005. Both games were critical and commercial successes, selling in excess of 1.7 million copies. Other games in the Dungeon Siege franchise include Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony for the PSP (developed cooperatively with SuperVillian Studios) and Dungeon Siege II: Deluxe Edition.

GPG's most recent release is Supreme Commander, a revolutionary RTS game that has been hailed by critics for its innovative gameplay, Strategic Zoom and streamlined Command & Control system. Supreme Commander has received numerous Editors' Choice awards and went on to critical and commercial success. With its office in the Pacific Northwest, GPG is a short distance from Seattle, Washington and currently employs over 90 of the industry's best designers, programmers, writers and artists.