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Sq. Enix Splatoon Clone Is Utilizing AI-Generated Artwork


A Foamstars character walks out of an explosion of foam.

Picture: Sq. Enix

Foamstars, the legally distinct Splatoon clone printed by Sq. Enix, is coming out on February 6. Alongside this announcement, we realized that Sq. is launching the shooter on subscription service PlayStation Plus, which is able to seemingly afford it a big launch viewers as subscribers can play with out having to purchase the sport (you want Plus to play on-line anyway). We additionally realized that Sq. Enix is utilizing AI artwork generator Midjourney to create a few of its in-game belongings.

Chatting with Video Game Chronicle at a press occasion, Foamstars producer Kosuke Okatani stated that whereas many of the sport’s paintings and belongings had been made by hand by the artists at developer Toylogic, a number of the artwork was created utilizing AI.

“The entire core components in Foamstars–the core gameplay, and the issues that make the sport pleasurable–these are all made by hand,” Okatani advised VGC. “Nonetheless, we did need to experiment with AI as nicely.”

“When it comes to the content material within the sport, this makes up about 0.01% and even much less, however now we have dabbled in it by creating these icons within the sport.”

In a follow-up assertion to VGC, a Sq. Enix consultant clarified that Midjourney was particularly used to create album covers for in-game tracks, and that all the things else was made by actual folks.

“As builders, we’re at all times taking a look at new applied sciences to see how they will help with sport growth. On this occasion, we experimented with Midjourney utilizing easy prompts to provide summary photographs. We beloved what was created and used them as the ultimate album covers gamers will see within the sport. The whole lot else was created completely by our growth group.”

Midjourney has been a subject in ongoing legal disputes concerning the scraping of copyrighted materials, and it was lately alleged that its creators scraped artwork from Magic: The Gathering playing cards to show this system to generate artwork primarily based on textual content prompts. Utilizing AI-generated artwork is disrespectful to all of the artists engaged on Foamstars and different tasks at Sq. Enix, and is turning into extra outstanding within the online game trade because the bigwigs at firms like Xbox, Ubisoft, and Niantic lean on it to advertise their work with out compensating artists.