Portal author Chet Faliszek joins ex-Riot dev to make an AI-driven co-op game

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Chet Faliszek and Dr Kimberly Voll have arrange a brand new studio named Stray Bombay, which is able to deal with making co-op games. The pair are veteran game builders; in his 12 years at Valve Faliszek helped write each Portal games, each Half-Life episodes, and each Left 4 Deads, whereas Voll has been principal technical designer at League of Legends studio Riot since January 2016, and has a background straddling human-centric game design, cognitive science, and synthetic intelligence.

Last we heard, Faliszek had left Valve for Bossa Studios, the place he was directing a co-op motion game that might use AI to “push the boundaries of emergent narratives.” His joint announcement with Voll today doesn’t point out Bossa or his game there, nevertheless it appears like his pursuits haven’t modified: in language paying homage to Ken Levine’s mysterious new venture, it appears like he’s having one other tilt at revolutionising game storytelling.

Faliszek says Stray Bombay will use AI to drive “not just the enemies” however “the entire experience” of its games, which is able to “tell stories knowing you are going to come back again and again” and “change each time you play them without feeling completely random”.

The announcement comes simply because the Game Developers’ Conference 2019 is kicking off in San Francisco and Stray Bombay want to rent (resumes to [email protected]). The new studio has monetary backing from Upfront Ventures and from Voll’s personal former employer, Riot Games, who says “Kim is a brilliant game designer and her passion for helping players collaborate in positive, productive ways is a surefire recipe for memorable experiences.”

Read extra: the best co-op games on PC (for the time being)

Despite this funding, it’ll be some time earlier than gamers hear something extra from Stray Bombay. The studio says it’s “going to go dark for a little bit as we start laying the foundation of our new world.”

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