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AI Summit: Down with Nav Meshes: The Next Generation of Navigation Data


Nav meshes are the standard for NPC pathfinding in modern video game worlds, but are they the best option? Ben Sunshine-Hill, the lead developer of the Havok AI navigation system, shares his team's ongoing research into alternative structures for storing and querying navigation data, particularly corridor maps. From identifying safe spawn points, to pathfinding for characters of different sizes, the right navigation data structure can offer new possibilities for high-realism character simulation, while maximizing reliability and reducing level designers' need to verify that characters can navigate effectively.

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