- Generative AI tools like NVIDIA’s ACE are transforming the gaming industry, with major publishers like Ubisoft and Tencent adopting the technology.
- ACE tools can power conversational AI and facial animations in games, but it’s unclear if they will improve gameplay.
- There are concerns about AI’s impact on human creatives and job losses, though some believe AI will enhance, not replace, developers.
The gaming industry has seen major advancements with the rise of generative AI tools like NVIDIA‘s Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE). Major publishers like Ubisoft and Tencent are embracing this new technology, but it remains to be seen if it will actually improve games.
NVIDIA Announces ACE Production Microservices
At CES 2023, NVIDIA announced two new ACE Production Microservices that game developers can use. Audio2Face syncs facial expressions to speech, while Riva powers real-time conversational AI. Ubisoft, Tencent, MiHoYo, and more will use these tools.
ACE Demo Shows AI-Powered Conversations
ACE was announced in March 2022. In a demo, an AI ramen bar worker had real conversations with a player. Now the demo shows two NPCs chatting, with the player joining as a third voice. Each conversation is different thanks to generative AI.
Concerns Over AI’s Impact on Game Development
While AI tools spread, there’s been backlash over potential job losses for human creatives. Facial animation isn’t perfect yet either. But developers can fine-tune emotional reactions.
AI’s Growing Role Despite Controversy
Nearly every studio has felt AI’s impact amid industry layoffs. Many gamers have rebelled too. But tools like Inworld AI and GTA V mods show AI’s potential, despite copyright issues. The future remains uncertain.
Though divisive, generative AI is transforming gaming. Major publishers are adopting new tools, but effects on creativity and jobs remain concerning. The technology is still developing, so its full impact is yet to be seen.