Xbox CFO Explains How AI Can Help In Game Scripting And Localization

He discussed the prospects of the emerging AI tech for the gaming industry.

Story Highlights

  • Xbox CFO attended the Wells Fargo TMT Summit and shared how AI can improve game development.
  • He said that AI can take care of many tasks in game development, like localization and game scripting.
  • The CFO also says AI can excel at many things instead of manually writing thousands of lines of code.

Many major game companies have their eyes set on emerging AI technology, and Microsoft is no exception. As initially reported by TechRaptor, the Xbox Chief Financial Officer, Tim Stuart, recently participated at the Wells Fargo TMT Summit live-streamed conference and explained the prospects of AI. He talked about how the tech can improve and automate game development, including various tasks like game localization and scripting. 

On the developer side, you think about the millions and millions of dollars in a game spent on localization, script, how you think about players moving from point A to point B and you have non-player characters have dialogue.

AI can take care of all that. You now say ‘I need the player to get from A to B’ and instead of having to write thousands of lines of scripting or code, you just have the AI get you from A to B. Things like localization and putting things in new languages,” mentions Tim Stuart. 

While speaking about game testing, Tim uses the example of Minecraft to make a contentious point. He discusses how AI can work much more efficiently and find out all the lingering issues in a game. AI bots can calculate various player statistics and uncover bugs that could hinder the players.

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When we think about game testing, a million AI bots can run through a level of Minecraft and find where players get stuck, where they spend money, how they think about the level. So, this is -pun intended- game-changing for the developer.”

The remark by the Xbox CFO suggests that AI could replace traditional game testers in the near future. This is further confirmed by a recent report based on a credible leak, which mentions that Microsoft is hard at work to develop AI game testing for next-gen gaming. Tim also elaborates that anyone can be a game developer with the help of AI tools.

The barista at your local Starbucks has an awesome idea for a game and they can now use Copilot and AI to go create a great mobile experience.”

AI can already allow us to generate code and imagery in various art styles, scripts, games, and assets. It opens the ability for “anyone in this room to be a game developer.” He believes that AI will make it possible for people to create games and publish them on mobile. He calls it “a new wave of multi-platform unique experiences, obviously, all built in AI.” However, he mentions that it is not going to be possible for a while.

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