An Industrial Experience Leveraging the iv4XR Framework for BDD Testing of a 3D Sandbox Game

Fernando Pastor Ricós*, Beatriz Marín, I. S.W.B. Prasetya, Tanja E.J. Vos, Joseph Davidson, Karel Hovorka

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Abstract

Industrial-grade games, like Space Engineers, must adopt swift development and testing processes to conform to rigorous quality standards. Nevertheless, the testing phase of these extensive and complex games heavily relies on manual effort from play-testers, leading to productivity constraints during development cycles. This experience paper reports a Behavior-Driven-Development (BDD) software development process for automated regression test scenarios that allows complement testers’ work during development cycles. To enable BDD test scripts for the Space Engineers game, we have extended the iv4XR framework into a game plugin to connect and execute game actions. Additionally, we have integrated the Cucumber software to describe game test scenarios using natural language. This approach allows testers to create, maintain, and execute a subset of regression test scenarios by relying on a BDD agent that can autonomously verify Space Engineers game features, enabling seamless integration into the development cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Challenges in Information Science - 18th International Conference, RCIS 2024, Proceedings
EditorsJoão Araújo, Jose Luis de la Vara, Maribel Yasmina Santos, Saïd Assar
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages393-409
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783031594649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event18th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, RCIS 2024. Information Science: Evolution or Revolution? - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 14 May 202417 May 2024
https://www.rcis-conf.com/rcis2024/

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume513
ISSN1865-1348

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, RCIS 2024. Information Science: Evolution or Revolution?
Abbreviated titleRCIS 2024
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityGuimarães
Period14/05/2417/05/24
Internet address

Keywords

  • Autonomous agents
  • BDD testing
  • Industrial game testing

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