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Big Huge Games Supports AGEIA PhysX Chip in Upcoming 'Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends'

Epic RTS Game Ushers in New Era of Hardware-Accelerated Physics Gaming

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 11: AGEIATM Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that Big Huge GamesTM is targeting the AGEIA PhysXTM chip for hardware acceleration of their upcoming real-time strategy game "Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends." Published by Microsoft Game Studios®, "Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends" is the latest RTS from the award winning Big Huge Games development team. Set in a fantastic world of sci-fi and fantasy, "Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends" brings incredible and exotic worlds to life with epic game play.

Big Huge Games used AGEIA's NovodeX SDK to drive all physics for game play and effects. When accelerated by AGEIA's PhysX chip, "Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends" will deliver a level of physics-based realism and interactivity unlike anything ever seen before in electronic games.

"AGEIA's PhysX chip enables massively destructible environments, more realistic unit animations, and spectacular environmental effects," said Tim Train, vice president of development for Big Huge Games. "We've been working closely with AGEIA to harness the power of real-time physics for "Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends," and both of our teams are very excited about the results."

"Big Huge Games has done a fantastic job in implementing both software- and hardware-based physics for "Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends," said Andy Keane, the newly appointed vice president of marketing for AGEIA. "With AGEIA's PhysX chip on the horizon, players will soon be able to see for themselves the awesome power of hardware-accelerated physics-based gaming."

For information on how to become an AGEIA NovodeX Solution Development House or a Game Physics Developer Partner, visit www.ageia.com or send an e-mail to info@novodex.com.

About Big Huge Games

Big Huge GamesTM was founded in February of 2000 by four veteran game developers: Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman, and Brian Reynolds. These founding partners, who together have brought strategy gamers such classic hits as Civilization II®, Colonization®, and Alpha Centauri®, share a common vision which they believe will enable them to surpass even these outstanding achievements. Organized to create top quality strategy games, Big Huge Games emphasizes excellence in all aspects of game development: game design, artwork, technology, and production values alike.


AGEIATM Technologies, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company and the pioneer of hardware-accelerated physics for games. Its flagship product, the PhysX chip, is the world's first dedicated Physics Processing Unit (PPU) -- a completely new hardware category that bridges the gap between static virtual worlds and responsive physical reality. The PhysX chip allows developers to use active physics-based environments for a more life-like entertainment experience. For more information visit www.ageia.com.

NOTE: AGEIA, PhysX and NovodeX are trademarks of AGEIA Technologies, Inc. All other products are trademarks of their respective companies.

Contact: Kim Stowe of Reverb Communications, Inc., +1-408-839-8750, or kim@reverbinc.com, for AGEIA; or Brandon Stander of Big Huge Games, info@bighugegames.com.

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