Codemasters®, developer and publisher of award-winning video games, and Realtime Technology AG ( RTT), a leading provider of 3D realtime rendering and visualisation technologies and services for the automobile, aviation and consumer goods industries, today announced a strategic partnership of technology and knowledge co-operation.
Under the partnership, Codemasters and RTT will share expertise in automobile modelling, rendering and realisation projects, such as RTT DeltaGen and RealTrace tools that enable car designers to render CAD models in realtime, and Codemasters’ EGO™ Game Technology Engine, which drives the critically acclaimed racing games Colin McRae: DiRT™ and Race Driver: GRID™.
“Both companies share common goals, including a passion for technology excellence and attention to detail and quality,” said Bryan Marshall, chief technical officer, Codemasters. “These goals are demonstrated equally in such executions as the beauty of realtime ray-traced light clusters in RTT’s DeltaGen software and the mesmerising race action and environmental detail in our own Race Driver: GRID. Any collaboration with RTT that delivers advantageous results for our development pipeline will be immensely valuable.”
“We are really happy to enter this partnership with Codemasters”, said Ludwig A. Fuchs, co-founder and member of the RTT AG Management Board. “The cooperation is of mutual interest and benefit. Together we can utilise synergies and push forward the boundaries of the 3D realtime visualisation market.”
As a worldwide leading supplier of 3D realtime visualisation technologies and services, RTT’s clients include Adidas, Airbus, Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Dodge, EADS, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Sony Ericsson and Volvo (for full list, see Notes). The company supports its customers during the design and development phases creating virtual displays of product development concepts (Virtual Prototyping), and during the marketing and sales stages in presenting the products in the showroom, on the Internet, at fairs or at the point of sale (Virtual Marketing).
Codemasters is renowned for its genre-leading racing titles, Colin McRae: DiRT and Race Driver: GRID. Both titles are powered by the EGO Game Technology Engine, a highly versatile middleware technology that can be used in the development of games across all genres and platforms. Its advanced graphics and physics technology brings an unmatched cinematic quality and realism to interactive entertainment.
The EGO Engine is also being deployed in the development of Operation Flashpoint™ 2: Dragon Rising, a modern conflict game that will simulate many real-world military vehicles and aircraft. Codemasters is the recipient of the UK Developer of the Year title from the 25th Golden Joystick Awards and, most recently, the EGO™ Engine was named Best Technology 2007 in the awards hosted by TIGA, the Independent Game Developers Association.
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Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Overlord, Clive Barker’s Jericho, Race Driver GRID and Operation Flashpoint. Codemasters is headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Universal City, Calif. The company also maintains operations in Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and Malaysia. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com
ABOUT RTT AG
RTT is a key player in professional high-end visualization technology and services for the automotive, aviation and consumer goods industries. Among RTT’s customers, one can find Adidas, Airbus, Applus Airon Technic, Audi, BASF, Bertrandt, BMW, Carbon Motors Corporation, Chrysler, Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), DaimlerChrysler, Dodge, EADS, EDAG, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Holden, Honda, ICON Aircraft, Inovo Design, Italdesign Giugiaro, Iveco, Jeep, Lamborghini, Lexus, Magna Steyr, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes, Opel, PATAC, Porsche, PSA, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Scania, Schüco, Serco, Skoda, Sony Ericsson, Steelcase, Suzuki, TERREX, Tesco, Thyssen Krupp, Toppan Printing, Toyota, UCHIDA YOKO, Volkswagen and Volvo. The supplier of 3D real-time visualization solutions looks back on a remarkable development with average annual growth rates of 50 per cent over the last eight years. RTT currently employs about 285 people at ten locations. The company is based in Munich. Further offices are located in Los Angeles, Detroit, Seoul, Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Stuttgart and Hamburg. RTT is a public company traded on Open-Market Frankfurt, Xetra, Freiverkehr Stuttgart and Freiverkehr Berlin-Bremen: R1T, ISIN: DE0007012205. For further information, please refer to www.rtt.ag