New 'Peaky Blinders' VR Game Characters Will Use A.I. To React To You

New 'Peaky Blinders' VR Game Characters Will Use A.I. To React To You

A virtual reality video game for the British crime drama "Peaky Blinders" will use artificial intelligence to guide how characters respond to your "gestures, movement, voice, sound and body language," according to a statement from show distributor Endemol Shine Group and developers Maze Theory.

The United Kingdom's Audience of the Future Programme announced today that the novel approach to game A.I. would receive government funding. Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement that, "This backing will also give our home-grown talent the opportunity to lead the way in creating and using virtual and augmented reality technologies, remain at the cutting edge and create thousands of highly-skilled jobs."

"Peaky Blinders" is an award-winning show following the Shelby crime family -- think a very, very English version of "The Sopranos" with post-traumatic stress disorder as a major factor for the clan patriarch. (Some have compared the show more closely to the American biker gang drama "Sons of Anarchy.") Produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Production for the BBC, the show airs in more than 180 countries and won the 2018 BAFTA for Best Drama Series and Best Drama at the 2019 National Television Awards. Steven Knight has lead writing duties.

The game will be available across all VR platforms in Spring 2020 and would be localized in key global regions, presumably including the United States, the announcement said. A number of haptic gloves are on the market and coming soon, and VR games on some platforms can currently track movement, but it's unclear what Maze Theory means by the game tracking "body language." Read more

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