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Speech Synthesis in the Context of Video Gaming

Marc-André Carbonneau  (Research Scientist, Ubisoft Montreal)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Audio Pass

Topic: Audio, Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Generating spoken dialog lines artificially could prove to be pivotal for the future of the gaming industry. Aside from reducing production costs, it offers opportunities for new types of in-games interactions closer to real-world experiences. The goal of the talk is to present an honest snapshot of the state of the technology, discuss remaining challenges and possible present and future use cases. We demonstrate how current commercial speech synthesis solutions do not directly apply to the gaming context where voice require a high level of expressivity. We discuss present solutions to control expressivity, and how we use speech synthesis at Ubisoft.


Attendees will know the state-of-the-art of speech synthesis and its application to video games. They will understand the limitations and the possibilities offered by the technology. They will be able to decide if they can use it in their game and know what to expect in the next years.

Intended Audience

The talk is intended for everyone. No prerequisite knowledge is required.