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Microsoft's AI Is Making Raid Bosses Even Harder


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Microsoft shared new AI details which apparently create unbeatable raid bosses.

As shared by Kotaku, the information came from the Game Stack developer live streams where James Trott, a software engineer, shared,

“We worked on a project with Microsoft tech last year for an MMO-like system for bosses that learn player behaviors in raid encounters. As raids go on and people find dominant strategies, the bosses adapt in near real time [and] detect the strategies players are implementing.”

He continued, discussing the evolution of algorithms and the challenge this places on developers,

“Now, the challenge for developers is how to tone back that machine learning and simulation, given the amount of compute in the cloud, so that the NPCs and monsters aren’t perfect. Because with enough training and enough compute, they will beat the player every time.”

Only time will tell how this tech pans out. Suffice it say, you won’t have to worry about this in your next WoW raid.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.