Unity, a popular 2D, and 3D game development platform has recently acquired Artomatix, an AI game developer tools startup.
Launched in 2015, Artomatix has raised funding and grants of worth over $12 million from VCs, including from Enterprise Ireland, Suir Valley Ventures, Manifold Partners and Boost Heroes. The Dublin-based startup Artomatic builds developer tools that enable game studios to create deep learning enhanced textures more effectively and easily.
The startup’s ArtEngine platform can be used by developers to welcome real-world materials to their game worlds. It is achieved by adapting the visual patterns to their 3D worlds more quickly than existing toolsets while ensuring seamlessness and regularities in the development process. ArtEngine employs artificial intelligence (AI) to identify visual flaws in replications and saves developers from having to relentlessly modify environments.
Artomatix’s team will continue to operate out of their Dublin offices. However, neither of the two companies has disclosed the acquisition price.
Unity claims to have developed more than half of new games using its engine. It now looks to further grow with the acquisition of Artomatix. The engine has continued to grow more powerful in recent years, but bulking up in capabilities has increased the complexity.