For immediate release
October 6, 2005
BUDAPEST, Hungary, October 6, 2005. Digic Pictures, a computer animation studio announced their work on the rendered cinematics for the new WARHAMMER®: Mark of ChaosTM RTS game. The anticipated classic will be published by NAMCO Hometek Inc. in 2006. A subsidiary of Cinergi Interactive, Digic Pictures' previous works include rendered cinematics for Armies of Exigo, an RTS PC game, as well as 60 visual effects created for the Hollywood blockbuster, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
"Creating cinematics for a game is like creating visual effects for movies that demand the highest quality, except there is no film stock to build upon; everything is CG." - said Gabor Marinov, Producer.
The Warhammer Challenge
Digic introduces the vast, well-established Warhammer fantasy world in a 40 second Teaser, as well as in a 3 minute Intro film already in progress. The fully animated movies depict various Chaos forces, warriors, champions, Goblins, Daemons, Empire soldiers, Warrior Priests and High Elves. While the Teaser gives us only a taste of wrath in battle, the Intro will set up the game's story.
"We took on this big challenge with a great deal of excitement. The Warhammer world has inspired so many phenomenal animations and stories, it is a real honor to bring their origins itself to life." - said Istvan Zorkoczy, Director of the films.
Digic Pictures' CGI film creating workflow is optimized for character animation with Alias Maya. The extensive detail of the HD resolution films is achieved by Pixar's Photorealistic Renderman and Mental Images' Mental Ray, brought from the VFX world. For compositing, Digic uses D2 Nuke and Eyeon Digital Fusion.
"The efficient, yet very flexible pipeline which evolved here during the past few years makes it possible for us to concentrate on researching new technologies and developing special tools that can be incorporated in the workflow instantly, helping our artists to realize their ideas more effectively." - explained Robert Kovacs, CG Supervisor.
The Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Teaser is available for download from Digic Pictures' website, at www.digicpictures.com.
About Digic Pictures
Digic Pictures creates full 3D computer animation and visual effects in Budapest, Hungary. It is a part of the Cinergi Interactive business group owned by the Hungarian born Hollywood producer, Andrew G. Vajna. Digic Pictures is the first visual effects company from Hungary to ever work on a Hollywood blockbuster, namely Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Digic Pictures has created 5 exceptionally high quality full 3D animation for Armies of Exigo, one of them was selected into the prestigious 2003 SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater. More information can be found at www.digicpictures.com.
About Cinergi Interactive
Founded by Andrew G. Vajna, Cinergi Interactive is a subsidiary of Cinergi Pictures Entertainment Inc. One of the motion picture industry's most experienced and dedicated executives, Vajna's credits as a producer include the box office hits The Rambo series, Total Recall, Tombstone, Die Hard With a Vengeance, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, among others. With the establishment of several development studios, including Black Hole Entertainment, the developer of Armies of Exigo, and Digic Pictures, Cinergi Interactive has now extended its creative power to the production of video game entertainment. More information can be found at www.cinergi-interactive.com.
About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for the next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®, Pac-Man WorldTM, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and Ace Combat®. For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.
Games Workshop created the Warhammer world more than 23 years ago, as the setting for its wildly successful tabletop fantasy war-game of the same name. Since then the game has been released in 6 editions, had dozens of supplements, and been the basis for tens of thousands of unique model soldier designs, making it one of the most well documented and detailed fantasy settings in existence. The world itself is a dark and forbidding fantasy realm, where Elves, Orcs, Dwarfs, Undead, and many other races clash constantly in mighty battles seeking domination over each other. Meanwhile, the insidious forces of Chaos strive to undermine the basic fabric of society both from within and by the direct invasion of its legions of daemons, beastmen and warped human champions.
The Warhammer community stretches across the world, supported by Games Workshop's 320+ stores, 4000+ independent retailers, and many games clubs, tournaments and events such as the annual Games Days and Golden Daemon painting competitions in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Australia. There is also a thriving web community based around the official website and many thousands of fan sites. For more information about Warhammer and Games Workshop, please visit www.games-workshop.com. Games Workshop, Warhammer, and all images, races and characters from the Warhammer universe are either , TM and/or ® Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2005, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. All rights reserved.
Gabor Marinov, Producer