Play This Submarine Strategy Game And Help The US Navy

Play This Submarine Strategy Game And Help The US Navy

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which some may recognise as a founding father of the internet, is developing antisubmarine warfare drones and has released a video game hoping to crowdsource some of the tactical AI behind them.

The ACTUV Tactics Simulator, released by DARPA just a few days ago, is a simulator challenging players to “keep track of elusive submarines” in ways that have “never been thought of before”.

“Can you outsmart an enemy submarine commander and keep him from escaping into the deep?” DARPA asks.

Players will be put in charge of the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), basically a sub-hunting drone. The submarines they’ll be chasing are working from AI that incorporates “actual evasion techniques” used by real commanders.

It’s more than a cerebral challenge; it appears to feature single- and multiplayer campaigns, and leaderboards. And it’s free.

Pick up the game here.

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Crowdsourced Simulator [Operation Reality]


  • Freaking awesome idea but helping the US Navy does seem a bit scary.

    I mean, if one day I am being chased by a submarine and said submarine catches up to and subsequently murders me, I shall be mightily infuriated at myself for playing this game.

    I think I might avoid this one, just in case.

  • You sunk my battleship. )=

    Smart thinkin’ though, I’ve always toyed with the idea of getting people to work through a game interface so it was fun, competitive, challenging, and more productive. 😉

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