Kythera AI and Aquanox: Deep Descent dive into 3D navigation in Unreal Engine 4

EDINBURGH, 10 MARCH 2016 – Moon Collider, the artificial-intelligence developer already known for its CryEngine licensees, today announced its first partnership built on Unreal Engine 4. Working with publisher Nordic Games and developer Digital Arrow, Moon Collider’s Kythera AI middleware will pilot submarines through a perilous undersea landscape in the partly crowd-funded title Aquanox: Deep Descent.

Moon Collider’s CEO and lead architect, Matthew Jack, said the new announcement highlighted the benefits of AI middleware. “We’re best known for our work on space combat, guiding starships through asteroid fields,” said Jack. “But the same techniques help steer Aquanox’s submarines in the ocean depths – travelling through trenches, between cliffs and within caves, all amidst dynamically-moving craft and obstacles. That concept, of transferring experience from one game to another, was a key part of our vision for Kythera. And with our Unreal Engine 4 integration, we’re excited to be taking it to a new engine and a whole new audience.”

Norbert Varga, CEO of Digital Arrow, said Moon Collider’s blend of tools and consultancy was essential to the success of their title. “Moon Collider’s developers have worked closely with us as we refined the physical constraints on our craft, ensuring that AI logic and the reality of movement meshed perfectly,” he said. “It’s been liberating to work with a tested, high-quality middleware so early in development, when the gameplay still has time for refinement. We’ve been impressed by the design and debugging tools too, and we’re looking forward to iterating and expanding on our AI capabilities together with the Kythera team.”

Next on the agenda, according to Varga, is teaching the AI the stealth and distinctive combat tactics unleashed by Aquanox: Deep Descent’s sub-sea terrain.

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About Moon Collider

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.

About Aquanox: Deep Descent

Aquanox: Deep Descent is a first person underwater vehicle shooter, in which players control a variety of customizable ships to engage in fierce battles in the dystopian deep sea world of Aqua.  Key features include:

  • Fight - Action-packed vehicle shooter combat that supports a wide variety of play styles
  • Co-op - 4 player drop-in co-op, with four unique pilots who are all involved in the game story
  • Customize - Create your ship from an extensive range of ship pieces and various customization options
  • Explore - Discover the deepest corners of the ocean
  • Extract - Mining, salvaging, trading and looting
  • PVP - Classic multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch Dogfighting

About Digital Arrow Ltd.

Digital Arrow Ltd. is an Eastern European Outsourcing and Game Development company that produces games to the PC (Linux, Macintosh and Windows), Console and Handheld platforms. We are an entirely employee-owned company with the aim of connecting the best, flexible development philosophy with serious professional experience, and to produce games using the latest tier of technology. We seek new ways of exploring the gaming medium with open development, and strive to set a new bar for distributed development and gameplay experiences.

About Nordic Games GmbH

Nordic Games GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Games Group AB, focusing on computer- and video games for PC/MAC/Linux and present/past console platforms. Founded in 2011, the Vienna/Austria based company puts great emphasis on its extensive game catalogue. The core portfolio comprises products and brands which have been acquired from various parties (THQ and others), and further acquisitions of IPs and trademarks will follow. The company will pursue the long-term goal of delivering quality products that live up to expectations of gamers worldwide.

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