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Beyond 'Killzone': Creating New AI Systems for 'Horizon Zero Dawn'

Summit Speaker:

Julian Berteling (Senior AI Programmer, Guerrilla Games)

Location: Room 2002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: AI Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Having established AI tech in your studio is great… until your next game adds demands well over and above what your existing systems were designed to handle. This session describes the changes that Guerilla made to switch from having to support a single human enemy in closed corridor spaces to a game with more than 25 wildly different characters in a large open world. Specifically, the lecture explains how they changed the navigation and animation systems that made the characters in 'Horizon Zero Dawn' move realistically. Additionally, this session will detail how these changes impacted Guerilla's workflow throughout the project.


Attendees will learn ways of dealing with an expanding scope of AI, either throughout a single title’s production or when moving to a new title. Additionally, attendees will understand concrete methods for dealing with navigation, movement, and animation for open world titles with many, widely varied agents.