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Forza 5 Will Introduce Drivatars To Track Player Driving Behaviour Patterns

Matt Gardner
E3 2013, Forza Motorsport 5, Microsoft E3 2013 Press Conference, Trailers

No matter how many times Dan Greenawalt uttered the phrase "drivatar" it still sounded grotesque and awful. But it is A Thing. Drivatars are coming to Forza Motorsport 5, and apparently they'll change the way AI drivers race in the game by beaming player personalities into the artificial minds of computer-controlled players.

Basically, Drivatar is a fancy term for fancy ghosts.

"Our original goal in developing Drivatars was to create human-like computer opponents to race against," said Microsoft. "As keen gamers we had grown tired of simplistic AI opponents and wanted to try and do something about it. We particularly like racing games and so the racing genre seemed like a great place to start work. We prototyped a few initial ideas back in 2002, and fortunately for us this was the exact time that the Forza Motorsport project was germinating within Microsoft Games Studios. After a couple of years of further research and development, the results can now be found sitting in your Xbox console."

With more metrics than ever at their disposal, the drivatar system will allow for cloud-based servers to track player behaviour patterns in the game, using them to form AI profiles that will mirror the driving personalities of real players, making for more "human" races even when playing offline.

Impressive, no?

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Korma  Jun. 10, 2013 at 21:00

Buggy Heat for the Dreamcast - 1999 http://implantgames.com/implantgames/1000

"Where TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat breaks some new ground is with an innovative A.I. (artificial intelligence) feature. You can create your own A.I. driver. To train your A.I. you must run dozens of laps on each track in the Time Attack mode. The game will slowly learn your driving style and habits. You can then use this trained A.I. file to race for you in multi-player and championship modes. This is an interesting addition to the game, and offers some replay value as you want your A.I. to get good enough to decimate the competition."

What a console :)

Last edited by Korma, Jun. 10, 2013 at 21:00


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