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Peter Molyneux’s Next Game?

OK… anyone who has ever followed Peter Molyneux and Lionhead studios knows that he is the master of hype. He can drag a significant portion of the gaming community along behind him on his words alone. This is especially relevant to AI programmers since it always seems like Peter is on some sort of cutting edge. Well, here’s an interview(-let) where Peter talks about some mysterious project (based off of the Dimitri Project) that will apparently blow the doors off of what we have seen from him so far. The only info that he gave on it in a prior interview was that you would be able to “replay your life”.

Considering that he is still incubating the egg that is Fable 2, I’m not entirely sure what to think of this. (To be fair, the previews of Fable 2 that I saw at GDC were kinda cool. More on that when I can get around to typing up my notes.)

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

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 tantalizing 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.

And then it moved from that experiment to a moment in time that happened six months ago when a discovery was made, and this discovery has been so exciting that it has lead to Lionhead focusing 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.

What the heck does that mean? The blog author/interviewer pointing out that we are likely talking some sort of artificial life simulation. That makes for interesting conjecture since Spore is (allegedly) right around the corner.

From another interview:

If you think back to the one thing about Black & White that was most fascinating, you’d have to say it was that creature that learned behavior and seemed, for a certain glimpse, to be alive. Imagine if you could take that and multiply it by a billion…

Oh well. I know that I will be following whatever it is that they do there. I’m sure many others will be warily but curiously watching what comes out of the king lion’s mouth (so to speak).

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