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A ten person team building Skyrim? Google's Project Chimera set to revolutionize Stadia game development through machine learning

Upcoming Stadia games might use Project Chimera to ease development (Image source: Google)
Upcoming Stadia games might use Project Chimera to ease development (Image source: Google)
A senior Google Stadia executive claimed that that the company's Project Chimera neural network system could be used by developers to craft detailed, open world titles at a fraction of the cost. While Stadia might not be long for this world, machine learning looks set to play a bigger role in gaming.
Arjun Krishna Lal,

In a magazine interview, Google's Erin Hoffman-John, Stadia's head of creative for R&D claimed that Project Chimera, a Google machine learning solution, could be used to help small independent teams develop massive open world titles without compromising on scope and detail. Hoffman-John said this to MCVUK magazine: "What if a team of 14 people could make a game the scale of World of Warcraft?...they rely on a lot of heavy, repetitive content creation...like 70 percent content and 30 percent or less code."

Project Chimera is a GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), functionally similar to ESRGAN, a neural network modders have been using to upscale textures in older games. Project Chimera has much wider applications, though. By training it on game rules, assets, and gameplay, developers should be able to use the GAN to generate world spaces, NPCs, and quests. Hoffman-John also stated that Project Chimera could be used for playtesting. It could potentially give small development teams as much feedback on bugs and balancing issues as hundreds of human beta testers.

While Google Stadia itself is in rocky waters following a disastrous launch, Project Chimera and machine learning in general, will likely play a much greater role in videogame development. We'd better get ready for Elder Scrolls games dreamt up by AI. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-04-26 (Update: 2020-04-26)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor - 416 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.