AI Is Useful but ‘Unable To Replace Talent,’ Says Game Studio

Generative AI and the Future of Game Development

Generative AI has long been a topic of debate and speculation within the gaming industry, and it seems like this discussion will continue for the foreseeable future.

Despite the advancements in artificial intelligence technology, Ireland-based Keywords Studios remains skeptical that AI will completely replace human game developers. While acknowledging the benefits of streamlining certain processes, Keywords Studios conducted an experiment during its 2023 fiscal year which shed light on the limitations of generative AI.

During this experiment, known as Project Ava, Keywords Studios set out to create a 2D game using only generative AI. Over a period of six months, the team tested more than 400 tools. While the AI tools proved to be useful in various aspects of game development, they ultimately fell short in generating a complete game. As a result, Project Ava had to rely on resources from seven different studios to complete the project.

According to the studio’s fiscal report, one of the key takeaways was that while generative AI can simplify and expedite certain tasks, the best results and quality come from human experts utilizing AI as a powerful tool in their creative process.

Keywords Studios’ findings suggest that while AI technology continues to advance, it is not yet capable of independently creating a game from start to finish.

Despite the potential of AI in game development, many critics raise concerns about the impact on job security in the industry. The announcement of Microsoft’s AI design copilot last year sparked further debate, with some developers worrying that it could lead to a decrease in job opportunities and prioritize quantity over quality. However, supporters argue that these concerns may be premature and exaggerated.

As the industry continues to explore the possibilities of AI in game development, it is likely that the debate surrounding its implications will persist for the foreseeable future.