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AI System with Will Chambers

A screenshot of the trade menu with Jean D'Arc

Great news, Ara fans!

In our latest Dev Diary episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Will Chambers, software engineer extraordinaire at Oxide Games. Will gave us fascinating insights about Ara’s innovative AI system and how it’s shaping up to revolutionize gameplay in the world of grand strategy.



Delving into the heart of Ara’s Leaders, Will unveiled the groundbreaking approach taken to fashion an AI that mirrors human cognitive processes. Ara’s AI doesn’t just make decisions; it ponders and strategizes like a human, weighing short-term and long-term goals, and adapting based on new information. All of this takes place while the player is strategizing, allowing for seamless simultaneous turns.

Each leader in Ara is characterized by a set of traits that significantly influence their strategic approach. Some are driven by expansion, aiming to grow their domains through warfare, while others fortify their capital with technological and cultural innovations. [screenshot here]

Diving into the diplomacy system with Ara’s AI opens up a world of possibilities. Whether you aim to establish trade routes or forge new alliances, there are incredible advantages to be seized. But, proceed with caution! AI Leaders will always seek out diplomatic arrangements that work to their advantage. A tempting research agreement may grant you access to the technologies you missed, but the AI is given similar access, and could end up climbing to Tier 1 because of it!

Ara’s AI is ready to offer a challenging yet thrilling experience for players both experienced and new to the genre. If you’re ready to learn more, check out the full episode on our YouTube channel, and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button for more thrilling Dev Diary updates!