Microsoft and AI company Inworld AI have announced a “multi-year co-development partnership”, which will see the companies work to develop a range of AI tools for Xbox’s studios.
These tools include an “AI design copilot” and an “AI character runtime engine”.
The design copilot will be able to take prompts and turn them into “detailed scripts, dialogue trees, quests and more”, the companies said. The character runtime will enable “entirely new narratives with dynamically-generated stories, quests, and dialogue”.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, general manager of gaming AI at Xbox Haiyan Zhang said the partnership will combine “Inworld’s expertise in working with generative AI models for character development” and Xbox’s “strengths in revolutionising accessible and responsible creator tools for all developers”.
In August, Inworld AI announced it had received funding from Microsoft’s venture capital subsidiary M12, bringing the company’s total valuation at the time to $500m.
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