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AI Summit: Skyscraper Zombies: Advancing 'Call of Duty's' Systems for Giant AI

Andrew Hoyt  (Gameplay Engineer, Treyarch)

Location: Room 2002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

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

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In this talk, Andrew Hoyt discusses the unique technical and design challenges involved in pioneering giant monster AI in 'Call of Duty'. The talk is presented in a postmortem format and focuses on the specific challenges that were faced when creating boss AI for the franchise in recent years (2021-2023). Due to the nature of 'Call of Duty's' annual release schedule, the talk features how they tackled complex issues with cost-effective solutions. Specific topics include their approach to pathfinding/movement, making attacks feel varied with limited animations, and what engine modifications were required when the assumption was that an AI was a human soldier.


Attendees will gain an understanding of the challenges involving creating huge AI. Specifically, our journey to expand the 'Call of Duty' engine to solve the movement, collision, and animation technical issues. A key takeaway is how to do more with less as we tackled these challenges under a strict deadline.

Intended Audience

Target audience is programmers, designers, producers, who are interested in learning more about AI. People who enjoy learning about stories of creative solutions under strict deadlines can also enjoy the contents of this talk. Specific AI technologies will be introduced gradually to keep the talk accessible.

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