December 3, 2004
A recent Gamasutra article reminds me that there’s actually quite a few small, under-the-radar startups or commercial groups out there that you may have never heard of, who are attempting to tackle interactive character and/or story in some form or fashion. Some groups are new, some have been around for a while; some are just one or two people, some have reasonably large teams of people (i.e, more than 2). Some have external funding, some are self-funded, some have no funding, or have already used it up; some are building polished products or freeware, some are building tools and technology. They’re all worth keeping tabs on.
Here’s the ones I know of, in no particular order:
Interactive Drama, Inc.
Neon AI / Emotion AI
InteractiveStory.net (now Procedural Arts, as of July 2005)
There’s also several AI middleware companies offering more general tools.
Ingeeni has a new demo that’s pretty bizarre and kind of cool. Haptek’s stuff is very impressive — definitely try their stuff out. Zoesis has created a fancier Pearl Demon demo they (er, we) showed at last year’s Experimental Games Workshop at GDC, that has yet to be put online.
Anyone know of other little-known groups focused on interactive character/story, who have a least something of a commercial bent?