Throughout the year, there’s been ongoing concerns about the use of generative AI across various forms of entertainment such as film and TV. Every industry has their own stance on the matter, and in the case of tabletop games, it’s quite divisive: some in the industry have put restrictions on AI-made products, while others have ended up using it, either intentionally or seemingly on accident.
But in the case of Stronghold Games, their usage of the technology was completely intentional. The licensor of the Terraforming Mars board game has a Kickstarter for its upcoming More Terraforming Mars expansion which features art made by generative AI alongside the artwork from it and developer FryxGames. Speaking to Polygon, Travis Worthington (president of Stronghold owner Indie Game Studios) defended the use of AI in Mars, saying it was “too powerful a technology” to be ignored. “ I don’t think this is going to go back in the bag. [...] It’s something that I think is more widespread than people realize.”
More Terraforming Mars is expected to release in July 2024. Polygon’s full interview with Travis Worthington can be read here.
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