Milestone has announced a new artificial intelligence based on neural networks, called A.N.N.A., which will provide a greater challenge for MotoGP 19 players. A.N.N.A. will give the AI opponents better speed and tactics to take better advantage of every mistake a player makes in the game.
MoroGP 19 will be the first Milestone game to use A.N.N.A, though the AI will likely return for future titles.
A.N.N.A is the result of more than two years of joint development with Orobix's engineers and data scientists, and is a whole new approach to gaming AI design.
With neural network-based AI, developers don't dictate preset behaviors, they "teach" the AI which behaviors are useful to reach its goal and which are counter-productive. Meaning, it is the AI itself that learns which actions to take and when.
"We're facing one of the biggest innovations in Milestone's history" said Luisa Bixio, CEO, Milestone. "The amazing work done by our engineers, in collaboration with Orobix, it's a great example of two independent companies innovating in an industry that is often controlled by big corporations. It's a demonstration of creativity, passion and capacity to innovate."
Michele Caletti, MotoGP 19 Producer, said "we developed the game following feedback we received from our passionate community. One of the most recurring requests were a harder challenge in single player and a more natural behavior of the AI. With neural networks we reached both these goals, with results above our best expectations. I do think this is just the first step on an innovation path where neural networks will become crucial in our games development".
Luca Antiga, Chief Technical Officer in Orobix, said "it was exciting to work closely with Milestone engineers and designers and to see a new generation of AI evolving. It's really motivating to know that the technology we developed for many months will be on PCs and consoles all over the world. Here in Orobix we're already working on other applications of this technology in different industries, such as medical and manufacturer".
MotoGP 19 will be available on June 6th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC through Steam. It will launch a few weeks later on Nintendo Switch.