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Activision patent could add unique, AI-generated music to Call of Duty and other multiplayer games

As exciting as it was for hip hop stars Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby to drop a track called “Squad Up” for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II — there is music with the potential to be every bit as exciting and more unique on the horizon.

Call of Duty maker Activision is looking to obtain the grant of a patent entitled, “Systems and methods for dynamically generating and modulating music based on gaming events, player profiles and/or player reactions.”

The idea behind the patent is that players, especially in multiplayer games, will have their own unique, AI-generated music/soundtracks that will change according to the in-game circumstances.


“While many features of video games have become highly customizable, musical elements tend to be standardized across all players,” the patent describes.

“For example, a player can customize the aesthetic look of his or her avatar or customize team members in a multiplayer game but, conventionally, is not able to customize musical elements for different gaming events.

“Some video games allow for the replacement of a soundtrack of a game with a player’s own music, but such soundtrack replacement features do not provide for the dynamic change or modification of musical elements specific to a player and based on the actual gameplay.”

In-game factors that will effect the outcome of the AI-generated in Call of Duty and other Activision multiplayer games include the current player’s skill level, their playstyle in the game and how long they’ve been playing the game overall.

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