We know that Quantic Dream is working on one or more unannounced PS4 games, but beyond that very little has been shared, mostly through career opportunity ads, and today we get one more about an aspect of games which is often overlooked: Artificial Intelligence.
Quantic Dream is hiring a new Artificial Intelligence Programmer, and the ad gives us a glimpse on what they’re aiming for.
Reporting to the Head of Artificial Intelligence Department in collaboration with the rest of our R & D department, you will be responsible for developing enhancements and optimizations necessary for the continued evolution of our Artificial Intelligence engine. Your role will be to bring the quality of Artificial Intelligence technology studio beyond the standards of the industry. You have an excellent knowledge of the technologies of artificial intelligence applied to video games. You will be creative, motivated to accompany us in our future innovative AAA projects and challenges.
- You participate in the improvement & extension of artificial intelligence on our Playstation 4 proprietary engine, also ensuring the implementation and monitoring during production. (FSM, path finding, behaviors, avoidance, …)
- You work closely with level designers and writers to respond in the most efficient manner to their production problems, but also to provide them with clear and manageable constraints.
- You will be proactive proposing changes on the AI engine and the best way to ensure a smooth and optimal production of the project.
- You will be working closely with the animators & animation engine to provide the most suitable solutions for AI locomotion.
Note: FSM means “Finite State Machine,” and it’s a mathematical model used to define the states in which an entity can be and the conditions that can trigger the transition to each of them.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that putting Quantic Dream and Artificial Intelligence together thinks about Kara, even if unfortunately there’s no real indication that the impressively emotional android demo will ever be turned into something more playable.
One thing is for sure: Quantic Dream seems to want to evolve its games even on aspects that go beyond the amazing visual fidelity for which they are well known. Whether this also means an increase of interactivity remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a good sign.