Molyneux claims significant AI discovery

Written by Joe Martin

March 11, 2008 // 12:59 p.m.

Tags: #artificial #intelligence #lionhead #molyneux

Peter Molyneux has been known to...well, exaggerate. A lot. As a developer he has often promised the sky but delivered precious little (See: Fable), so feel free to take his latest spiel with a pinch of salt...

In an interview with GamersGlobal, Molyneux, who is currently hard at work developing Fable 2, talked about an experimental AI project he has been working on called Dimitri.

"I’m saying absolutely nothing. I’ve been sat down in a room by the head of PR [of Microsoft Games] and been told to not talk about it," said Molyneux to start with, before going on to talk about the project in vague.

"Since Black & White, we’ve been thinking a lot about AI, Lionhead was founded with that thought of AI in mind. In terms of the core or the theory of the AI, we’ve moved from Black & White onto a project called Dimitri, which I’ve been tantalising you about for a long time. And that team kept on researching. Dimitri was always an experimental thing, which is why I never showed it."

Pressed for detail Molyneux would only say that "six months ago when a discovery was made, and this discovery has been so exciting that it has lead to Lionhead focussing on it and sculpting a game around that. I think that discovery is so significant... This discovery has lead us to start a game and that game will be on the front cover of Nature magazines and Science magazines."

Anyone waiting for more info will have to wait until Fable 2 is released - which the Lord of Cryptic said would be when "trees still have leaves, but with a brownish tint".

Going to hazard a guess about the Dimitri project, or are you just going to sigh and roll your eyes? Let us know in the forums.

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