Celebrated games publisher Bandai Namco has invested in artificial intelligence, or A.I.

According to a report on Engadget back in December of 2016 (thanks, Mobile&Apps!), game publisher Bandai Namco invested in Heroz, an A.I.-focused startup company, to explore ways to improve non-playable character behavior. Heroz developed an algorithm for shogi, the Japanese version of chess, that has successfully beaten human opponents previously.

Before getting too excited, however, keep in mind that Heroz has already experimented with game development in the past to no avail, launching an unsuccessful mobile board game called Pokemon Co-Master last year.

Although this venture will likely take quite a while to bear fruit, the possibilities for the implementation of better, more refined, and more challenging A.I in the likes of the Dark Souls, Tekken and Dragonball games franchises is captivating.

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