Train2Game News WildMeta Integrating AI Bots With Unity & Unreal

Machine learning is often associated with the few studios that can afford dedicated research teams, but now with WildMeta’s technology and its new Unity and Unreal Engine integrations, machine learning-based bots are more accessible than ever.

Following the footsteps of leading machine learning research organisations, WildMeta went out of stealth in January 2021 and unveiled its own framework to build machine learning-based bots capable of playing video games and react naturally to their environment.

Today the team announces integrations with Unity and Unreal Engine as well as compatibility with most engines thanks to its game developer-friendly library that acts as a bridge between game data and WildMeta’s machine learning systems. 

Over the past year, the company’s founders, Amandine Flachs and Dr Alexandre Borghi have been initiating discussions with game studios on machine learning potential and adoption.

While many game developers showed a genuine interest in the technology, most of their questions have been focusing on how it would actually fit into their existing, most often complex, tech stack. WildMeta’s new integrations and C++ library are a direct solution to these questions. 

In practice, the new library doesn’t change WildMeta’s business model:

  • The team still offers its technology as a service to game studios.
  • The team trains and integrates machine learning-based AIs in games.
  • Studios do not need to hire in-house machine learning experts to start adopting the technology.

Using its own API and library will enable the team to reduce the amount of custom development previously required to make its machine learning technology compatible with games and will let it concentrate its efforts on the game AI itself.

Amandine Flachs, CEO and co-founder of WildMeta said:  

“Bots aren’t a bad thing, dumb bots are! Research teams have shown you can train machine learning-bots to beat the best professional players. We don’t want to beat players, instead, we want this technology to help game developers for example with QA, to improve players’ experience, offer worthy opponents that react to your moves instead of following a script, squad team members that actually contribute to your game or training bots that prepare you to known tactics. We have managed to turn research into a production-ready system that fits studios’ existing tech stacks, now our focus is to drive adoption of this technology.”

Since going out of stealth, the team has given a number of presentations in order to demystify machine learning technology for game development.

They will continue to spread the word in the coming months with more public appearances including a technical deep dive from Dr Alexandre Borghi at Develop: Brighton in October 2021.

For more information go to https://www.wildmeta.com/

Train2Game News Making Multiplayer in Unity

Improbable announces that its SpatialOS Game Development Kit (GDK) for Unity is available for download from the Improbable website.

This makes it easier than ever for Unity developers to build, host and manage ambitious and unique massive, multiplayer online games. Improbable’s cloud-based platform, SpatialOS, helps developers to create games that go beyond the limits of a single server. The GDK is an integration for Unity developers to leverage the power of SpatialOS quickly and easily. This includes a brand new, open-source first-person shooter (FPS) Starter Project for Unity. The project provides an out-of-the-box template for developers to build an online multiplayer game for up to 200 players, allowing them to experience the scale that SpatialOS provides.

“It’s never been easier for Unity developers to build games with SpatialOS,” said Paul Thomas, Global Head of Product Marketing at Improbable. “At Improbable we know that development iteration speed is critical to creating games. Fast iteration means you can focus on what’s most important – finding the fun in your game. Improbable’s focus with the SpatialOS GDK for Unity is allowing developers to create unique content faster than ever.”

The SpatialOS GDK for Unity introduces a level of customisation and versatility previously unavailable on SpatialOS. This includes fully customisable modular gameplay features, which provide the building blocks of a variety of multiplayer games. This is in addition to key workflow refinements familiar to Unity developers, open development to allow users to customise SpatialOS to their projects, as well as major performance improvements to SpatialOS.

For more information and to download the SpatialOS GDK for Unity, please visit: https://gdk.improbable.io/spatialos-gdk-unity

Improbable will be discussing the GDK in depth at the Improbable Happy Hour taking place during Unite 2018 Los Angeles.

Train2Game News Guide on Unity VR

Explore the latest features of Unity 2018 to create immersive VR projects for desktop and mobile devices using this practical guide written by Jonathan Linowes.

The second edition of this popular how-to book has just been published. It has been updated, revised and expanded to 200 more pages than the first edition.

Unity has become the leading platform for building virtual reality games, applications, and experiences for this new generation of consumer VR devices.

Unity Virtual Reality Projects walks you through a series of hands-on tutorials and in-depth discussions on using the Unity game engine. With its practical and project-based approach, this book will get you up to speed with the specifics of Virtual Reality development in Unity. You will learn how to use Unity to develop VR applications that can be experienced with devices such as Oculus, Daydream, and Vive. Among the many topics and projects, you will explore gaze-based versus hand controller input, world space UI canvases, locomotion and teleportation, software design patterns, 360-degree media, timeline animation, and multiplayer networking. You will learn the Unity 3D game engine via the interactive Unity Editor as well as C# programming. By the end of the book, you will be fully equipped to develop rich, interactive virtual reality experiences using Unity.

What You Will Learn

  • Create 3D scenes with Unity and other 3D tools while learning about world space and scale
  • Build and run VR applications for specific headsets, including Oculus, Vive, and Daydream
  • Interact with virtual objects using eye gaze, hand controllers, and user input events
  • Move around your VR scenes using locomotion and teleportation
  • Implement an audio fireball game using physics and particle systems
  • Implement an art gallery tour with teleportation and data info
  • Design and build a VR storytelling animation with a soundtrack and timelines
  • Create social VR experiences with Unity networking

To order your copy: https://goo.gl/iLuVf4

Train2Game News VR and AR for Unity

Parkerhill Reality Labs is making public its plans for the BridgeXR Pro Toolkit for Unity, a lean SDK manager for developing cross-platform VR and AR applications.

BridgeXR is for developers implementing virtual reality and/or augmented reality applications using the Unity 3D game engine. BridgeXR manages multiple VR and AR SDKs in a thin device-independent layer within the Unity editor, while leveraging the best of breed software from leading VR and AR vendors.

“BridgeXR is designed to stay out of your way, permitting you direct access to performant vendor-supplied toolkits while keeping your project device-independent,” says Jonathan Linowes, president of Parkerhill. “With BridgeXR, you can avoid the industry’s API fragmentation that can disrupt your development.”

Using BridgeXR, you define platform bridges in the Unity Editor. A bridge is a platform-object mapping in your project providing dynamic in-editor serialization and runtime instantiation. Types of bridges include scene loader, player rigs, prefabs, input gestures, and plug-ins.

Developers continue to use the world-class optimized toolkits from leading tech giants. Rather than try to replace them, BridgeXR builds on top of the high level tools you know and trust, including SteamVR Interaction System, Google Daydream Elements, Oculus SDK, Windows Mixed Reality Toolkit, Google ARCore, and Apple ARKit. There is even a VRTK bridge for transitioning apps away from that toolkit.

With BridgeXR, you are encouraged to use Unity’s latest features and best practices, including in-editor developer tools, Unity events, scriptable objects, playables, timelines, and asset bundles.

BridgeXR also includes a reaction semantics framework using Unity Events. Translate device input events into your application’s semantic events. Assemble reusable reaction collections, including audio reactions, particle effects, timeline sequences and animations.

Parkerhill is taking inquiries to participate in the BridgeXR private beta release. Preference will given to collaborative contract clients interested in hiring the studio’s development services that build upon Parkerhill’s technology and Unity 3D. For more information, visit http://www.parkerhill.com/bridgexr/ or email info@parkerhill.com.

Train2Game News Blockchain ecosystem coming to Unity


GameCredits, a Blockchain company driving innovation in the games industry, today announced the company has signed a deal with Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s most popular creation engine, that will bring the benefits of blockchain to more than 3 billion devices and millions of game developers worldwide.

Through this deal, both companies will introduce novel forms of game distribution for the $100 billion gaming industry, placing a particular focus on the fast-growing world of mobile gaming and eSports. GameCredits’ mobile game store, GPlay, will be integrated with Unity’s game-development ecosystem and developers will be able to effortlessly publish their games directly into GPlay. GPlay will share 90% of gross revenue (instead of the industry standard 70%), and will pay developers within 60 hours (instead of 60 days).

“Unity is known for aggressively adopting new technologies that democratize game development, solve hard problems and enable success for developers. With GameCredits, we intend to bring about a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Blockchain solutions will help disintermediate game publishing and give better returns to creators,” said Hubert Larenaudie, President Asia Pacific, Unity Technologies.

“Our partnership with Unity Technologies is a major step forward for both the gaming industry and the blockchain world. With GPlay and our eSport platform, we are bringing the benefits of blockchain and digital assets to the largest global audience yet, enabling true mainstream adoption of these technologies for the first time,”  said Sergey Sholom, GameCredits CEO and GPlay President.

Unity exists to democratize development, solve hard problems and enable success – three core values that are the driving forces of Unity’s adoption by millions of creators. Unity powers more than 50% of all new mobile games and over 2/3rds of all AR and VR content. Interactive content made with Unity reaches nearly 3 billion devices worldwide.

Following a record-breaking $53 million crowdsale earlier this year, GameCredits has been developing a suite of blockchain products for the gaming industry, all under its GPlay initiative. GameCredits recently joined Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation blockchain consortium whose members include IBM, Intel, Cisco, American Express, JP Morgan and other leaders from various industries.

GamesCredits will introduce its blockchain solutions at Unite the popular developers conferences in Melbourne, Singapore and India in the next few weeks.

Train2Game News Game moment GIFs on mobile

Megacool, a mobile game technology startup based in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway, has today announced that the company’s API, which allows mobile game developers to add a seamless way to share game moments through GIFs, is now available for iOS, Android and Unity developers. 

Addressing a need in the mobile game market for cost-effective marketing tools, the Megacool API has exited beta with nearly one million GIFs already shared and is now available for all developers at megacool.co.

Megacool’s technology lets players record a short clip of the gameplay, for instance a high scoring round or a winning move, in the form of a GIF without impacting game performance. With only a few quick taps, players can send that GIF as well as a download link for the game directly to a specific friend or contact via SMS text message and other social channels. This helps spread the game organically and virally through digital word-of-mouth between friends, which players trust more than traditional in-game advertising.

Similar to the way that Snapchat lets users capture 10-second clips of what is going on in their lives, Megacool lets users capture one to 10-second clips of what is going on in their mobile gaming life, and share it with friends just as easily. Developers who have participated in the Megacool beta with deep integration in their games have seen a 10% conversion rate of shares to installs, as well as a 10% rate of re-engaging lapsed users.

“Traditional user acquisition for mobile games, consisting of in-game advertisements in the form of disruptive video and static interstitials, is fundamentally broken,” said Nicolaj Broby Petersen, founder and CEO of Megacool. “In a system where the biggest publishers on the market can buy up advertising inventory and drive pricing up, only they can compete. Developers needs new and innovative ways to spread their games in a cost-effective way.”

Megacool’s API has been developed to address the specific needs of mobile game developers and marketers who have been squeezed out of the high-cost mobile game advertising market. Founded in June 2015 by the creators of Dirtybit, a leading Norwegian mobile game studio that launched and grew the Fun Run series of games to more than 100 million downloads, Megacool represents a new and unique option for developers to grow their player base and drive downloads. Megacool has grown directly out of the team’s experience and success in growing the Fun Run series without a single dollar spent on marketing or user acquisition.

“We found early on that the key to the success of Fun Run was how it was being shared virally between users, driving downloads without a single advertisement,” Petersen continued. “Our goal with Megacool is to give developers the tools to make the most valuable method of sharing, word-of-mouth between trusted friends, easier than ever inside of their games.”

“Megacool consistently drives new users for us that spend more and retain better than organic users at a fraction of the cost of traditional UA channels. We see double digit conversion from GIF referral to install,” said Kevin O’Neil, founder of Candywriter, a mobile game developer with nearly 30 games and apps in their portfolio that have been downloaded more than 60 million times.

In the months ahead, Megacool will continue to refine and add new features to its API, including further customization options for developers around what types of clips can be recorded and what can be included when a clip is shared. In a future update, Megacool will also add the ability for players to edit their GIF recordings by overlaying their own text, similar to pictures and video shared on Snapchat and Instagram.

To learn more about Megacool please visit www.megacool.co . 

Train2Game News Unity plugin supports EditorVR

VR game development on the Unity platform just received a massive productivity boost. 
Today, KinematicSoup Technologies announced that Scene Fusion now officially supports EditorVR. The announcement was in response to Unity Technologies’ latest update to the platform, released on March 11th, 2017.

Scene Fusion is a Unity plug-in that adds real-time collaboration for level design to the Unity engine, which reduces the amount of time it takes to build and ship a game by up to 33%. With the growing popularity of VR, the decision to support it in Scene Fusion was an easy decision for Justin McMichael, CEO of KinematicSoup.

Unity launched the first publicly available experimental build of EditorVR for Unity, on December 15, 2016. Since this launch, the team at KinematicSoup has made efforts to ensure Scene Fusion builds have supported the continuous development of EditorVR, and plans to continue this trend.

 “Our goal is to provide complete interactivity to game developers so that they can bring games to market sooner and work more efficiently. We see VR as a natural next step to the evolving landscape of game development. The benefits of real-time collaboration have never been greater than they are in VR. Being able to have people in and out of VR interact together on a single scene creates a very fast and efficient workflow that results in faster game development.”

 Justin McMichael, CEO, KinematicSoup

Scene Fusion has been in development since 2015 and has since become popular among many Unity-based game studios.

Interested in learning more about Scene Fusion? Visit https://www.kinematicSoup.com/scene-fusion 

Train2Game News articy draft Unity Beta

​Bochum-based tool developer NEVIGO launched a closed beta for their under development articy:draft Unity Plugin and the articy:draft Macro Devkit.
NEVIGO invites all developers interested in testing its articy:draft Unity integration and the Macro Devkit to write to beta@nevigo.com to actively take part in the development of these tools.

All you have to do, as an interested developer, is to tell NEVIGO why you want to test the software and what you plan to do with it. If you qualify as a beta partner, they’ll contact you with further instructions on how you can participate in this closed beta to test the new features of the upcoming version 3 of articy:draft and give feedback.

In short the articy:draft Macro Devkit allows you to develop your own customized plug-ins and helps to integrate articy:draft in your individual workflow.

The Unity integration is a plug-in that allows you to import your articy:draft content hassle-free into Unity.

On NEVIGOs news blog you can find some quick information videos for both of the new upcoming features.

The Unity plugin: http://www.nevigo.com/en/fast-track-into-unity/

The Macro Devkit: http://www.nevigo.com/en/feature-in-development-articydraft-internal-api-video/

articy:draft is a visual environment for the creation and organization of game content. It unites specialized editors for many areas of content design in one coherent tool. All content can be exported into various formats, including XML and Microsoft Office. With the help of our integration components, you can even export into your game engine. Regardless of whether you are an individual user, an indie team, or a large studio, articy:draft adapts to your team size and ensures a smooth collaboration.

Train2Game News 3lb Games create VR movement script

​3lb Games has created a movement script for the Oculus Touch and the HTC Vive to help abate the motion sickness endemic to virtual reality (VR). 
3lb Games built a suite of tools to aid developers in choosing the most appropriate movement system for their game or application.

The system allows users to better signal their intent to move. It improves the connection between their intention and their perception.

By eliminating sensory conflict, you can significantly reduce one of the biggest contributors to motion sickness. When intent is aligned with action, the process of VR movement feels both intuitive and natural. 

Unlike other movement systems, this package contains a number of different movements for a broad range of games. You can even mix and match some of them to create a unique locomotion system.

This is the first asset ever approved for the Oculus Touch in the Unity Asset Store.

The movement system is a comprehensive package for the Oculus Touch and the HTC Vive. It can also be modified for other VR headsets. It includes the following modes:

●       Hand-Guided Movement

●       Point and Shoot Rotation

●       Teleportation (NavMesh)

●       Flight/Grounded

●       Stick Rotation (Oculus Touch only)

●       Quick Stick Rotate (Oculus Touch only)

●       Forward Blink

●       Non-Touch (Oculus Touch only)

●       Line Arc System

●       Rubberband Movement

●       VR Fade System

Sources are included.

The goal in creating this system and making it available to other developers is to create a common language and experience base for VR development. The studio intend to build a natural, immersive VR experience that will eliminate motion sickness in this exciting new medium.

You can find the Oculus Unity Asset Store link here.

You can find the HTC Vive Unity Asset Store link here.

Train2Game News Facebook partner with Unity

Recently Facebook have said that over 550 million people play games that are connected with Facebook every month on desktop, mobile and console, now it’s hoping to grow that number with a new partnership with Unity.
“Our mission is to give people the power to discover, play and share the games they love with the people they care about,” said Facebook’s Leo Olebe.

“Unity is the world’s leading game development platform. It’s great to be working with them to help developers find new audiences for the games they pour their hearts into.”

The alliance will include Facebook integration within Unity and a new PC gaming platform. Developers can apply now to be involved.

“Developers channel their talent and passion into creating amazing games, but development is only part of the challenge,” added Elliot Solomon, VP of Business Development at Unity.

“Integrating tools that provide effortless access to Facebook’s network is a key part of helping developers find the success they deserve.”

Source: GamesIndustry.biz