PlayStation is collaborating with Sony’s artificial intelligence department in order to create AI “Agents” that can play games alongside human players.
Revealed within Sony’s latest corporate strategy meeting documents, the notes explain that “Sony AI, which we established last year, has begun a collaboration with PlayStation that will make game experiences even richer and more enjoyable. By leveraging reinforcement learning, we are developing Game AI Agents that can be a player’s in-game opponent or collaboration partner.”
These Game AI Agents may be related to a recent patent from Sony, entitled “Automated Artificial Intelligence (AI) Control Mode For Playing Specific Tasks During Gaming Applications.” This system is described as an artificial intelligence that is able to “simulate human game play” based on a play style learned from a human user.
AI characters within games, be they collaborative partners in games like Call of Duty or the enemy AI opponents that we fight in a huge number of games, are nothing new. The interesting thing here is that these Agents are designed to be like human players, so closer to a friend in co-op or an enemy in a PvP game. Sony’s Game AI Agents could be the next step in a whole new world for ‘bots’ in multiplayer games.
For more from Sony’s strategy meeting, take a look at PlayStation’s plans for mobile gaming.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.