Creating mobile games has always been a complicated pursuit. While the tools have improved considerably over time, so too have the platform’s capabilities, making a constant push-and-pull of development reach and potential. Artificial intelligence could serve as the biggest shakeup on this front yet, offering a place as an assistant in writing, graphic design, programming, and more. From the smallest components to the most important systems, AI could help level the playing field of app development, creating an exciting time for newcomers with fresh ideas.
No matter how great our ideas are, few of us can master all the skills necessary to make a game. This might not matter if you have the funding to hire a staff, but paying a team isn’t usually an option for beginners. Fortunately, AI can address these shortcomings if a developer has a solid vision.
Let’s start with writing to illustrate how helpful AI systems can be in game creation. As shown by PIA, most people can’t tell the difference between a famous writer’s quote and an AI-generated one. When tested on real and fake quotes from novels like Dune, 1984, and The Hunger Games, 51% of people within this test couldn’t identify which were created by machine. The effect was especially pronounced on older writing styles, though all could still fool the reader.
Writing a cohesive story is a huge part of many games, but it can also be a major hurdle for developers focusing more on gameplay. The same can be said for translations and localization, which can have hilarious results, as pointed out by a famous Castlevania quote covered at LegendsOfLocalization. Most writers probably don’t want to aim for unintentionally hilarious, but they should at least have some idea of a theme. AI, like ChatGPT, can be told to write or write ideas in a specific style, passing off the work to the artificial assistant.
Content Creation and Technical Work
Writing is important, but it’s just a small part of the data needed to give life to a mobile game’s world. Music and art will apply context to the writing, and they’re areas where it’s difficult for individuals to possess all the required skills. Even if somebody has the talent, video games can consist of dozens of tracks and thousands of textures, so filling in the blanks on one’s own can be a non-starter.
Rounding out the possibilities for AI is how well it can integrate with code. Bug chasing is an area where AI can excel, and this component of development that will arise hundreds of times over a development cycle. AI can also guide or complete simple tasks, like translating software between different systems. As ModerIntelligence points out, the folding phone market is predicted to grow with a CAGR of 21.3 % from 2019 to 2017, and AI can help scale games to these screens for the developer. The same applies to porting between iOS, Android, and PC.
AI can’t do all the work for a developer, but it can serve as a helping hand to aid those without the means for a project they’re passionate about. In the mobile space, where ideas have been growing stagnant, this progress raises the possibility of a new generation of titles with truly unique concepts. There are still some teething pains before the kinks are worked out, but for anyone interested in pursuing their dreams as a mobile game designer, this new era could be one where those dreams become a reality.