Descent: Underground FPS patch issues Kythera AI system for Linux, Mac and Windows PC

Descendent Studios, developer of Descent: Underground released a #significantartificialintelligence (AI) update for its #reboot of the #classic 1990’s FPS, Descent. This patch features Moon Collider’s advanced Kythera AI system, cooperative play against “bot” opponents, new ship types, and additional gameplay enhancements.

Moon Collider’s Kythera AI is renowned in the gaming industry for powering some of the most challenging AI opponents in games with unique gameplay requirements. In Descent: Underground drones navigate complex, maze-like maps in which “up” is relative! Moon Collider swiftly integrated Kythera intoUnreal Engine 4 to power Descent: Underground’s rich and diverse stable of robotic enemies.

“I was blown away by how quickly Moon Collider was able to translate our game designs into working Kythera AI behaviors,” said Descendent’s CEO, Eric “Wingman” Peterson. “Within a few days, they turned our bots from flying bricks into dangerous, terrifying enemies! Just wait until you see what they can do in Survival mode and our upcoming singleplayer campaign!”

Moon Collider worked with Descendent Studios to push the envelope of AI navigation. With improved awareness of three dimensional combat and voxel-based wayfinding, enemies make use of Descent: Underground’s full six degrees of freedom without any intervention from designers.

This game update allows players to fight these smarter opponents in offline, single-player practice and online in cooperative battles with up to four players in a match. In addition, this patch includes two additional player-controlled ships- the Warlock and the Goliath. The Warlock is a stealthy infiltrator capable of bypassing security doors and stealing from enemies. The Goliath is a hulking cargo transport that can compress ore into blocks to barricade tunnels. More details are available in the Release Notes.

Descent: Underground is available on Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC, DescentUnderground.com, and other online sellers.

System Requirements:

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Kernel 2.6.32 or newer, glibc 2.12.2 or newer
  • Processor: 64-Bit
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 550 Ti or better, AMD 7950 or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requirements subject to change as development progresses.

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Kernel 2.6.32 or newer, glibc 2.12.2 or newer
  • Processor: 64-Bit, Quad-Core, 2.5GHz or faster
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD 270 or better, NVIDIA 750 or better
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requirements subject to change as development progresses.

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