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Session Name: AI Summit: Steering, Formations, and a Trail of Blood: AI in 'Wolcen'
Speaker(s): Daniel Dolui, James Hancox
Company Name(s): Wolcen Studio, Kythera AI
Track / Format: AI Summit

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Overview: In this rapid-fire post-mortem of the AI for "Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem" and its most recent chronicle "Bloodtrail" we discuss what went right, what went wrong, and what lessons were learned. We discuss Bloodtrail generation, a novel approach to pathfinding that selects a route based on aesthetics and player experience, rather than length. We present Contextual Steering, a new approach to collision and obstacle avoidance without the pitfalls of ORCA or more traditional, boids-style steering forces. Finally, we describe the trials and tribulations we went through as we implemented the flexible formation system that supports the Roman-style rank and file of the Republic formations.

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Daniel Dolui

Wolcen Studio

James Hancox

Kythera AI

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