BlizzKGu


08 Feb


The State of Heroes of the Storm A.I

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2 months ago - BlizzKGu on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Hey, Stavros. This is reasonable, I can look into Nova (love her) decoy A.I.

The State of Heroes of the Storm A.I

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2 months ago - BlizzKGu on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

I think this is reasonable, thank you. I will take a look at the health thresholds that govern the healing fountain goal and see if it’s safe to adjust.

The State of Heroes of the Storm A.I

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2 months ago - BlizzKGu on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Hey AnaBanana, this is something I will look into.

The State of Heroes of the Storm A.I

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2 months ago - BlizzKGu on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Hey, mynd.

I agree with the frustration of watching disconnect replacement A.I. try to help, but often end up becoming a liability to your team. I want to share with you more details of additional changes related to your feedback that we are hoping to ship in the next release, details that we did not have time to include in my original post or the blog.

When your ally disconnects from the game, their replacement A.I. is put into a precarious position. It’s like suddenly dropping a Silver player into a match with 9 Master players. It’s very difficult for the AI to keep up with humans. In the past we have tried to make A.I. more sophisticated by attempting to capture more and more game context into their decision making, hoping that it would make them react more intelligently. Our collective observations have lead us to accept that disconnect replacement A.I. will never be strong enough in its decision making to play well with human players on their own. Instead, we want...

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07 Feb


The State of Heroes of the Storm A.I

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2 months ago - BlizzKGu on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Yes, this is something that I have fixed for the next release.

The State of Heroes of the Storm A.I

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2 months ago - BlizzKGu on Blizzard Forums - Thread - Direct

Hello, and good day to you all!

My name is Kevin Gu, and I am a Senior Designer on the Heroes team. I have been working alongside Jeff Beaudoin, our Lead Gameplay Engineer, on our game’s A.I. We wanted to take a moment to update you all on where we are and how our three major A.I. initiatives are progressing.

Reconciliation of the Goal and Tactical Systems

There are two systems under the hood of Heroes that work together to drive agent behavior: the Goal system and the Tactical system. The Goal system is responsible for determining where A.I. agents should move, while the Tactical system provides agents with awareness of their surroundings so that they use and target their abilities intelligently. Last year, in an effort to improve agent in-combat positioning, we made it possible for the Tactical system to override the Goal system. Although we believe the changes were ultimately a good iteration, they did expose several underlying issues that w...

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