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November 24, 2016updated 25 Nov 2016 2:50pm

From augmented reality ‘Harry Potter Go’ to Blizzard & Google DeepMind – upcoming games will increasingly use AI & VR

Games are about to become a lot more intelligent and a lot more immersive as artificial intelligence and virtual reality start to live up to the hype.

By James Nunns

The rapid advancements being made in the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality have made 2016 the year when this technology started to hit the big time.

One of the main touch points the average consumer is having with these technologies is in the area of gaming and it is this industry which is at the forefront of experimentation and deployment.

The phenomenal success of Niantic Labs’s Pokemon Go was a clear sign that the world is ready to embrace gaming in a new way.

For Pokemon Go that was through augmented reality, the success of which saw it surge 50X past what the company planned for and now over 600 million downloads.

Success like this is bound to spark a whole raft of augmented reality games over the next year.

2016 saw AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google DeepMind , beat a human at Go for the first time.

Pokemon Go achieved unexpected levels of success.

Pokemon Go achieved unexpected levels of success.

Thanks to the successful development of these technologies and an increasing desire from gamers to experience more realistic games it is inevitable that 2017 will see more AI, VR, and AR.

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Blizzard and DeepMind

Blizzard, one of the largest game developers and publishers in the world, responsible for games such as Warcraft, Diablo, and the StarCraft series has entered into a partnership with Google DeepMind.

The AI systems are going to be put to work with StarCraft II so that it can learn the real-time strategy game.

Currently in development, the AI is being given the tools to play the game and to make things fair, so that it doesn’t cheat, the AI is having its calculated executions limited per minute to fit in line with what a human can input per second.

StarCraft II DeepMind feature layer API

While certainly a gimmick that will help increase interest in the game, it is also going to be of great benefit to Blizzard.

The company is going to use the data in order to improve their AI for video games by monitoring DeepMind and learning to customer-tailor an AI to a player’s skill and playing style.

Games could end up being a lot more dynamic thanks to the use of AI.

Read on to find out about ‘Harry Potter Go’.

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