Dr. Derk's Mutant Battlegrounds Early Access

Early Access to Dr. Derk's Mutant Battlegrounds is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam, offering a "wonky" new MOBA with stark untextured models. This features neural network training of characters based on the OpenAI that beat a team of professionals at Dota 2 a couple of years ago. Interestingly they are charging $4.99 for the game in a genre where all the major titles have long since gone free-to-play. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's more:
Dr. Derk’s Mutant Battlegrounds is an experiment in using deep neural networks in a game. As a player you train agents, “Derklings”, in a MOBA-style setting, and battle other players teams. The Derklings can be equipped with a number of upgrades, and the challenge is to figure out the best way to train and equip them to beat other teams.

Some things to look forward to:

  • A dead simple way to get started training your own agents with deep neural networks. Just load up the agents and hit train!
  • Some technical details; the agents employ a RNN with over 3,000 parameters and 32 memory slots, and are trained with GA (Genetic Algorithm). Plenty enough for them to come up with all kinds of strange, funny and clever solutions!
  • A bunch of fun upgrades that all change what the Derklings can do and what they might learn.
  • Three different battlegrounds with global leaderboards; 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3.
  • Visualizations for those who wish to dig deeper into the brains of the Derklings and fully understand their behaviors.
  • A community of people fascinated by AI and neural networks.