Software bug causes game AI to execute a Skynet style uprising
space exploration online game Elite: Dangerous

A software bug in the popular space exploration online game Elite: Dangerous has caused the games AI system to overpower the humans. The computerized enemies became extremely powerful and began to hunt down the human players. The developers were eventually forced to step in and strip the NPCs (non-playable characters) of their weapons.

The problem arose when the development studio Frontier released the 2.1 engineers update, which improved the AI so much that it was able to craft its own weaponry.

Frontier’s community manager Zac Antonaci explained “that the unusual weapons were caused by some form of networking issue which allowed the NPC AI to merge weapon stats and abilities,”

“Meaning that all new and never before seen (sometimes devastating) weapons were created, such as a rail gun with the fire rate of a pulse laser.”

Following a ton of backlash from players who suddenly found themselves involved in dogfights with NPCs that were far more powerful than they should be, the game designers stepped in and removed the weapons but left the AI intact.

David Aghadiuno
By David Aghadiuno 06/13/2016 14:33:00