A Vienna-based 3D generative AI platform emerged Tuesday on the red-hot AI game development scene flush with $6 million in funding. In shedding its stealth status today, Atlas says it will develop better AI models for the gaming industry, where it is already shortening the typically long development process to a few prompts and a few hours of AI generation—putting the industry within reach of many more creators. Launched in 2020, Atlas offers a 3D AI platform that aims to accelerate the creation of virtual worlds and experiences for game developers and brands building video games and extended reality (XR) environments.
The $6 million came in two funding rounds, a $4.5 million round led by 6th Man Ventures and a $1.5 million round led by Collab+Currency. Other investors joining the fundraise include Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts game developer Square Enix, the a16z Scouting Fund via Shrapnel, Contango, Gaingels, GFR Fund, New Renaissance Ventures, Wagmi Ventures, Flamingo DAO, Founders Inc., Landvault, Monaverse, Neon DAO, and Slope Fund.
Thanks to recent developments in image-generating artificial intelligence like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and Runway, game developers are turning to AI to design characters and landscapes that would have taken months, even years, to create in the past. Indie studios could conceivably better compete with larger AAA game studios.
But while generative AI can give an indie studio an edge, James acknowledges that the technology is a double-edged sword. As part of a research grant, James added that the Atlas platform was also built following the European Union’s Ethical Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, which elevates the principles of transparency, privacy, human agency, oversight, and inclusion.
Looking to the future, James said he was optimistic that Atlas would evolve to include a broader range of AI-powered tools that simplify complex tasks like 3D modeling and coding.
Vienna-based 3D generative AI platform, Atlas, has emerged on the AI game development scene with $6 million in funding. It is designed to help game developers create virtual worlds and experiences with AI, and is hoping to make the development process more accessible to smaller and indie game developers. Investors in this endeavor include Square Enix and other major players in the gaming industry. Thanks to advances in image-generating AI, game developers are turning to AI for design, and Atlas is building its platform using the European Union’s Ethical Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. In the future, Atlas is hoping to broaden its AI-powered tools to simplify 3D modeling and coding.
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