Firmament devs issue statement over use of AI in game's development

Cyan Worlds spoke to the use of AI in Firmament after players took issue with the disclosure of use in the game's credits.

Image via Cyan Worlds

Firmament was quite an incredible and robust return to environmental puzzle-solving form for Cyan Worlds, but not everyone was thrilled with a revelation in the credits disclosing that AI had been used in certain parts of development. The backlash on this information was so much that Cyan Worlds felt it necessary to address and clarify the situation. While the studio did apologize for the disappointment it may have caused, it also clarified that AI was only used to experiment and implement early studio-created content, and on just a few points of final polish on the game.

Cyan Worlds made its extended statement on the matter of AI in Firmament via the official studio Twitter on June 8, 2023. In the credits of Firmament, the game discloses how AI was used in certain parts of development on the game, including the following:

Cyan Worlds' statement on AI content used in the development of Firmament.
Cyan spoke to the matter of its use of AI tech in the development of Firmament via the Studio's Twitter.
Source: Cyan Worlds

Cyan goes on to explain that AI was only ever used to manipulate or experiment with original content that was generated within the company. Voice performances were captured by a member of the team who allegedly elected not to be credited. Their voice was then modulated into various forms and uses throughout the game. A similar technique was used in regards to written information included in the aforementioned notes, journals, poems, and more:

AI has continued to be a hot button issue with OpenAI facing a lawsuit this week due to ChatGPT being used to fabricate false accusations against a radio show host. Nonetheless, to say that AI tech has no place in games seems more hyperbolic. Firmament was an enjoyable trip in our Shacknews review and it sounds like AI helped streamline much of the process of implementation of original content. It remains to be seen if it will continue to be used this way, or maybe even take on an expanded role, but Cyan Worlds seems to have been considerate in the way it used the technology.

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    June 9, 2023 1:35 PM

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      June 9, 2023 2:46 PM

      Voice performances were captured by a member of the team who allegedly elected not to be credited

      ..what? They got someone who wasn't a VO artist to do the lines?

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        June 9, 2023 2:50 PM

        Also this is Cyan. The dudes who made Myst and riven and made probably like dozen and dozens and dozens of millions of dollars off those games. They have been making games for a long time why the fuck are they getting uncredited team members to voice lines of dialogue in their video game

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          June 9, 2023 2:57 PM

          because the dialog in their games has pretty much always been dev team members. and the "uncredited" bit was as the request of the team member, which is (assuming true) completely fine.

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          June 10, 2023 7:04 AM

          worked for Bluey *shrugs*

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        June 10, 2023 6:30 AM

        I’ve done lines in a bunch of games when working on them, it’s pretty common for small characters

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        June 10, 2023 6:39 AM

        "The voice performances in Firmament were voiced 100% of the time by a talented member of our development team who elected not to be credited by name. Their voice was simply modulated for the final product with one of these tools (and with their full permission and control). This same member of the development team has elected not to be credited in prior games of ours as well, for privacy concerns, and not anything to do with tools usage in our games. "

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