Role-playing games (RPGs) were one of the first genres; since then, they have undergone many changes. With the development of IT technology, creating new sub-genres and mechanics in RPG games has become increasingly commonplace.
VR and AR
With the advent of virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), many RPG game developers began looking for new ways to apply these technologies to create unique game worlds. AR and VR allow for a more realistic and interactive environment for the gamer, which can improve gameplay and engagement.
For example, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR has gamers exploring virtual environments with a VR helmet and controllers. Pokemon Go uses AR technology to find and catch Pokemon in the real world.
Using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also a key IT technology that influences the development of online and offline role-playing games. AI can create original mechanics and behavior of NPC characters in the game. It is also used to optimize gameplay and improve graphics and physical modeling.
In Divinity: Original Sin 2, unique dialogues and behaviors of NPC characters are generated using AI, reacting accordingly to the gamer’s actions and changes in the virtual universe. AI is also involved in developing original combat mechanics and data processing.
In recent years, blockchain has begun to be used in various industries, including the gaming industry. RPGs use blockchain technology to create unique, transparent, secure internal economies with proof of ownership and resource allocation and secure personal information.
An example of a popular project that uses blockchain is The Sandbox. It is a virtual sandbox where gamers create, sell, and buy in-game objects and land. Thanks to blockchain, the “inhabitants” of the meta-universe gain full control over their possessions and profit from the sale of in-game assets.
Cloud Technology in RPGs
Cloud technology is used to create more complex and large-scale virtual universes that gamers can access anytime and anywhere. Cloud IT technologies also allow developers to offer better graphics and process more game data. A successful example where such technological solutions are used in Final Fantasy XV. Here, a large open world is generated that gamers explore in real-time.
This is the name of the procedure of computer systems learning based on the received and processed data. In the game industry, it is used in the process of creating clever NPC characters, as well as to optimize gameplay and information analysis.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an example of a project that relies on machine learning. Thanks to this approach, very original Orcs are created, which have unique skills and characteristics. Machine Learning is also used to optimize the algorithms of battles and NPC behavior, making the gameplay more interesting and diverse.
Technological evolution has significantly impacted the video game industry, opening new possibilities for developing unique large-scale meta universes, characters, and mechanics. VR and AR allow for more realistic and interactive game universes.
AI and machine learning ensure the development of unpredictable and situationally appropriate NPC characters and optimize gameplay. Blockchain and cloud technologies provide new opportunities for managing resources circulating within the in-game economy.