Activision creates a tool to quantify the diversity of their game characters

The developers at Activision Blizzard King have created a tool to quantify the diversity of characters in the game based on a number of attributes, in hopes of better representing women and minorities. in your game.

According to the report of FanbytesThis tool breaks down character attributes and evaluates their diversity.

In a blog post, Eric Alt explained that King’s intention was to “inspire gaming teams… throughout the Activision Blizzard King network, to think outside the box and challenge stereotypes about how the characters should look and act.”

The end result, King hopes, is for the characters to “better represent women, non-binary people and other underrepresented minorities in the industry.”

The tool uses a set of personality traits, including culture, race, age, cognitive ability, physical ability, body type, facial expression/beauty, gender identity, tendencies sexual and socioeconomic background, to determine the degree of character diversity.

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Once it establishes a baseline for typical personality traits, established by the creative team working in consultation with diversity and inclusion experts, the tool can then consider new character designs against which to measure their diversity.

The tool has been tested by development teams working on Call of Duty: Vanguard and also the developers at Blizzard working on Overwatch 2.

The plan is to internally release the tool on Activision Blizzard King from the summer and into the third quarter of this fiscal year, with the ultimate aim of making it available for widespread use across the industry.

In other news, Square Enix has outlined plans to set up new studios, after recently revealing it would sell off three Western developers.

The announcement was made during the publisher’s quarterly financial briefing. It hopes the new studios will help the intellectual property ecosystem and enhance game development. Activision creates a tool to quantify the diversity of their game characters

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