Kythera AI passes new milestone with first server-side deployment

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 12 September 2014 – Kythera, the ground-breaking artificial intelligence middleware from Moon Collider Ltd, passed another milestone this week, as Star Citizen’s Arena Commander unveiled a cooperative multi-player variant of its Vanduul Swarm game mode. Although hundreds of thousands of Vanduul Swarm players have already experienced Kythera on their own PCs, the new release marks the first time that the Edinburgh company’s software has been deployed on the server side.

Star Citizen, the record-breaking space simulator from legendary game-maker Chris Roberts, is the perfect showcase for Kythera’s advanced artificial intelligence capabilities. As players work together to defeat the titular swarm of alien invaders, Kythera takes the controls of the opposing spacecraft – using its signature advanced techniques to conjure believable behaviour, and set the stage for challenging dogfights.

“We’ve been doing some work to make sure the AI behaves well in a multiplayer environment,” said Moon Collider’s Adam Rutkowski, “but overall we were very pleased with the transition. This is a great gameplay mode, and we’re looking forward to hearing from the community how we can tweak and improve the AI to make it even better.”

Moving to the server was a natural next step for Kythera, an innovative collection of artificial intelligence tools designed for the next generation of computer games. But Matthew Jack, Moon Collider’s CEO and lead architect, was keen to stress the server-side code complemented his company's PC-based product line. Alongside Star Citizen, other titles using Kythera on the desktop include Umbra – a hack-and-slash fantasy game currently under development on CryENGINE.

Notes to editors

Moon Collider is an established artificial intelligence development company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Its groundbreaking AI middleware platform, Kythera, aims to shorten development cycles and unlock new styles of gameplay by responding dynamically to changes to the in-game world. The company is funded by private investment and is privately held. For more information on Moon Collider and Kythera, see www.kythera.ai.

Kythera is a registered trademark of Moon Collider Ltd.