With any large-scale open-world game, there are challenges that come up in designing AI for a realistic, believable, and fluid combat experience.
In this GDC 2017 talk, Ubisoft's Chae Dickie-Clark explains how the NPCs of Watch Dogs 2 efficiently process their environment to select cover and perform other dynamic behaviors thanks to an intricate AI system designed by the Ubisoft team.
It was an insightful talk that's definitely still worth watching, so developers shouldn't miss the opportunity to do so now that it's freely available on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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