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Descent: Underground gives bots the sixth degree with Kythera AI!

Posted by dunkelza , 14 July 2016 · 2,646 views

Descent: Underground gives bots the sixth degree with Kythera AI!

Descendent Studios, developer of Descent: Underground released a significant artificial intelligence (AI) update for its reboot of the classic 1990s FPS, Descent. This patch features Moon Collider’s advanced Kythera AI system, cooperative play against “bot” opponents, new ship types, and additional gameplay enhancements.


Moon Collider’s Kythera AI is renowned in the gaming industry for powering some of the most challenging AI opponents in games with unique gameplay requirements. In Descent: Underground drones navigate complex, maze-like maps in which “up” is relative! Moon Collider swiftly integrated Kythera into Unreal Engine 4 to power Descent: Underground’s rich and diverse stable of robotic enemies.


“I was blown away by how quickly Moon Collider was able to translate our game designs into working Kythera AI behaviors,” said Descendent’s CEO, Eric “Wingman” Peterson. “Within a few days, they turned our bots from flying bricks into dangerous, terrifying enemies! Just wait until you see what they can do in Survival mode and our upcoming singleplayer campaign!”


Moon Collider worked with Descendent Studios to push the envelope of AI navigation. With improved awareness of three dimensional combat and voxel-based wayfinding, enemies make use of Descent: Underground’s full six degrees of freedom without any intervention from designers.


This game update allows players to fight these smarter opponents in offline, single-player practice and online in cooperative battles with up to four players in a match. In addition, this patch includes two additional player-controlled ships- the Warlock and the Goliath. The Warlock is a stealthy infiltrator capable of bypassing security doors and stealing from enemies. The Goliath is a hulking cargo transport that can compress ore into blocks to barricade tunnels. More details are available in the Release Notes:




The Early Access version of Descent: Underground is now available through Steam, DescentUnderground.com, and other online sellers.


Notes for editors


About Descent: Underground
The officially-licensed prequel to the enormously successful Descent series of games, Descent: Underground combines first-person shooter action with six degrees of freedom vehicular movement. Players take on the role of pilots commanding combat spacecraft in high-stakes battles for control of warren-like asteroid mines. Descent: Underground was one of 2015’s most successful Kickstarter projects and is scheduled for release later this year on PC, Mac, and Linux. More information is available on the company’s website at DescentUnderground.com.


About Descendent Studios
Descendent Studios, Inc. is an independent game development studio based in Austin, TX. The studio’s team includes several industry veterans who worked on titles such as Wing Commander, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Conquest Frontier Wars, Starlancer, Star Citizen, and Ultima Online.


About Moon Collider
Moon Collider is an artificial intelligence company that brings life to virtual worlds. Developed in partnership with games studios, its Kythera middleware has unlocked gameplay potential across diverse titles since 2012. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company is funded by private investment and is privately held. For more information on Moon Collider and Kythera, see www.kythera.ai.


Press Assets:


Kythera AI demonstration video


SXSW Gaming Expo VR demo video



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