Unleashing creative play

0. Creative gameplay

Freed from the constraints of canned scripting, Umbra aims to deliver a level of spontaneous gameplay previously unknown in its genre. Kythera’s adaptive AI offers the perfect channel for the player’s ingenuity – meaning in-game problems can have creative solutions even the designers never dreamed of. With Kythera, a challenge need never have a single “right answer”.

This video shows the novel experiences possible when Umbra’s imagination and Kythera’s technology combine. As a floating boat jams against rocks, the blockage forms a bridge for the player to cross. The developers created the river, the player released the boat – Kythera and the physics engine did the rest.

This video shows the novel experiences possible when Umbra’s imagination and Kythera’s technology combine. As a floating boat jams against rocks, the blockage forms a bridge for the player to cross. The developers created the river, the player released the boat – Kythera and the physics engine did the rest.

Here, we’ve taken a closer look at how Kythera effortlessly sculpts Umbra’s ever-changing world. As the player conjures a rockfall, watch the navmesh instantly reshape… cutting the route along the path and trapping the pack of pursuing enemies on the far side of the gap.

Here, we’ve taken a closer look at how Kythera effortlessly sculpts Umbra’s ever-changing world. As the player conjures a rockfall, watch the navmesh instantly reshape… cutting the route along the path and trapping the pack of pursuing enemies on the far side of the gap.

In a fully adaptive world, old tricks unlock cunning new tactics. Watch here as a well-planned trap forces a group of zombies into a waiting ambush – a strategy initiated by the player, and achieved with zero developer effort. There’s no scripted solution and no pre-planned playbook. The only limit is the richness of the player’s imagination.

In a fully adaptive world, old tricks unlock cunning new tactics. Watch here as a well-planned trap forces a group of zombies into a waiting ambush – a strategy initiated by the player, and achieved with zero developer effort. There’s no scripted solution and no pre-planned playbook. The only limit is the richness of the player’s imagination.