NERO game evolves to version 2.0

Last year, we reviewed Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives (NERO), a unique game in which players train forces of autonomous bots, then pit those forces against each other in hands-off, artificial intelligence (AI)-only competitions. NERO spawned a new major release a few weeks ago, and like its eponymous operatives, it has learned some new moves over time.

NERO is developed at the Neural Networks Research Group of the University of Texas at Austin's Computer Science department, both as a class project and for ongoing research into machine learning.

The game is built using the proprietary Torque game engine, but free binaries are available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.